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Pop Up Common Room: A Narrative of Progress

Event date
23 October 2018 (5pm to 6pm)
Pop Up Common Room: A Narrative of Progress
This event is and open to all UAL postgraduate students, alumni and staff.

Join the Post-Grad Community for a Pop Up Common Room at A Narrative of Progress: The Camberwell ILEA Collection, the current exhibition at Camberwell Space.

Beginning with an introduction by Daisy McMullan (Gallery Coordinator), exhibiting artist Martin Williams (alumni of MA Designer Maker, Camberwell) will talk about his contribution to the show and his wider career, followed by time for questions, refreshments and further viewing of the exhibition.

A Narrative of Progress: The Camberwell ILEA Collection explores the history and current use of the collection. The exhibition considers its original function - to teach children the principles of ‘good design’ by handling selected objects and materials - through rarely seen archive material. Highlighting the progress of recent cataloguing and digitisation projects, it shares untold stories of special objects, alongside new work that reimagines the objects both physically and digitally.

Martin Williams has curated and developed a project brief with various professional and emerging makers to reimagine deaccessioned objects from the collection. Martin is showing a piece called 'Destroy everything you touch', a reimagining of a teak wood-turned bowl by woodworker George Sneed.
‘Time has a strange way of revealing our errors and mistakes; even positive actions can have negative repercussions over time. The historic careful wrapping and cataloguing of this teak wood-turned bowl has inadvertently left an indelible mark into the very thing it was trying to protect.  The tape, over time, has taken over…’

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    - Your name, course and college
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A Narrative of Progress: The Camberwell ILEA Collection

Objects including mass-produced and one-off items from all over the world were mounted in purpose-built themed showcases, circulated to London secondary schools, that opened to reveal ready-made displays for the classroom. The Collection was managed by The Council of Industrial Design and the London County Council, from its inception in 1951 to 1957. In these early days it was known as “The Experiment in Design Appreciation”, and was later renamed 'The Circulating Design Scheme'.  The Inner London Education Authority was involved in the Scheme from around 1965 until 1976 when the scheme ended. The Collection later came to Camberwell when the ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) closed when the Greater London Council was disbanded in 1989/90. In 2015 a project began to digitise the collection at Camberwell to make it accessible to a new generation of students.
This exhibition is curated by Jacqueline Winston-Silk.

Martin Williams works mostly in ceramics but often uses conflicting or disassociated materials and processes, while expressing emotive, yet unifying narratives of loneliness, alienation and judgement. Each piece harbours an element of insubordination and defying convention, such as car paint applied to colour ceramics rather than traditional glazes. Although at the early stages of his career as a sculptor, he has been discreetly sculpting and making for over 8 years as an educator and technical facilitator.  Now based at Omega Studios, part of the Makers’ Guild makers collective in Portsmouth, UK, the notions of belonging and community form the backbone of his ethos. Recent collaborative projects include Bizen Pottery Festival, 2018 in Japan and ILEA Camberwell Collection: A Narrative of Progress, 2018, London.

Post–Grad Community:
Exclusive to UAL's Post–Grad Community, Pop Up Common Room events assist in the community's aims for building platforms for skill sharing, networking, collaboration and investigating new communities of practice. Find out more about previous Pop Up Common Room events on our blog:

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