Iron: Mapping Material Practice

Project Details


Under the title Iron: Origins and Destinations, Ewan Robertson and I ran a series of events including an Exhibition, Symposium, Publication, Practice workshops and Archival film screenings as well as commissioning a short documentary film about iron practice and research. A second exhibition and publication will further explore Falkirk Community Trust’s extensive iron industry archive particularly of the Carron Works soon in its 400th year.
Through re-examining iron's multiple facets and roles within and outwith art, this project seeks to use creative routes and practices to map unusual territories and possibilities through art practice. Seeking also to unveil diverse perspectives and understandings of the physical world around us and explore deeper creative potential and complexity in a singular material.
Collaborating bodies include Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, The Park Gallery Falkirk, Falkirk Community Development Trust. Academics and specialists include Dr Kamini Vellodi (ECA), Peter Davidson (NMS) Dr Gemma Cruikshank (NMS) and Sandy Wood (Archive Curator RSA). Alumni contributions from Rachel Nolan, Brodie Sim, Hans Clausen and Daisy Lafarge and industry support from Edinburgh Cast Metals. The project has also included material from BFI and National Libraries of Scotland Moving Image Archive.
Iron: Origins and Destinations Symposium was RKEO funded and delivered in collaboration with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Layman's description

Research investigation into the creative potential of iron and its place within and outwith contemporary art.
Effective start/end date6/05/1726/05/18


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.