The Im/Material conference brings together artists, archivists, curators and academics to consider the role of the archive in the creation, interpretation and preservation of culture.
As part of this event, MA Curating & Collections students Frances Bailey, Cara Newman and Giovanni Rendina present
an exhibition of objects from the Inner London Education Authority (I.L.E.A.) / Camberwell Collection.
Conceived as an ‘experiment in design appreciation’ this collection of industrial and handmade objects from around the world was assembled by the I.L.E.A. between 1951 and 1977, and circulated amongst schools to educate young people about ‘good design’; offering an opportunity for school children and teachers to experience first-hand the design and materiality of museum-quality objects.
Since this collection was donated to Camberwell College of Arts in 1989 there have been several exhibitions focused on design and material culture. To Camberwell, From the World returns to question the educational possibilities of the objects, and how object-based learning can enhance teaching across multiple subjects; a poignant topic in today’s education climate widely perceived as disparaging of the arts.
This capsule exhibition serves as a proposition for potential uses of the objects held in this latent yet significant collection; and presents models of how similar concealed collections of art and design objects can be activated; particularly those held by public institutions. To Camberwell, From the World acknowledges that collections such as this by nature are a gift, one that we should not only cherish and care for, but also like knowledge, impart to others.
Exhibition dates: 13 – 27 May 2016 and throughout the conference, CHELSEA landing, 1st floor E Block, Chelsea College of Arts.
Conference dates: 13 – 14 May 2016, Chelsea College of Arts