Practice-based research in Art, Design and Craft conference

Making as Paradox

The annual AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training Student Conference (University of Sunderland and Northumbria University), which will be held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, from 10.30am - 4pm on 26 October 2019.

This student led conference for practice-based research in Art, Design and Craft aims to provide a dynamic forum in which to explore new ways of creating knowledge through practice, with a particular focus on the disruption of technology in our made environments.

The conference will contain a day of presentations, discussion and debate around contemporary themes that draw on the paradoxes of making today and by doing so begin to offer solutions for the made future.

The days issues will Include; Material Embodiment // Body and Hands// 3D Printing // Screen based design // Computational Materials // Algorithmically Generated Forms // Life Narratives Present in Objects // Current philosophical perspectives

Speakers from a range of disciplines and discourses will address the theme from multiple perspectives, including the social sciences, anthropology, craft, design, art, philosophy and psychology.


Speakers include:

Professor Tim Ingold: Keynote; Anthropologist and author of ‘Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture’. 

Andy Lomas: Artist, Mathematician and Emmy award winning supervisor of computer-generated effects. 

Antony Hall: Artist, Technologist and founding member of 

Dr Andy Clark: Research associate in oral history and de-industrialisation.

Helen Felcey: Embodied clay 

Studio Unfold


Free Lunch and refreshments will be provided

10am - 1pm - Presentations (refreshments at 11am)

1- 2pm - Buffet lunch

1 - 4pm - Discussion groups and break-out sessions (refreshments)



The event is free but places are limited so please register your place on Eventbrite.

Please email any queries to the conference team: