Residency: Department of Materials

Artists Phoebe Collings-James, Richard Paul and Rachel Pimm undertake research in the University's Department of Materials.


During February and March 2019 the artists Phoebe Collings-James, Rachel Pimm and Richard Paul undertook residencies in the University's Department of Materials. During this time they conducted research as part of ongoing projects exploring the physical properties of materials in connection with their conceptual associations, and their social and political implications. Each artist also took part in a 'Materials Conversation', in which they discussed their practice with an invited guest speaker.

The residencies were supported by a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Richard Paul

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Phoebe Collings-James

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Rachel Pimm

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Project Partners

Prof Gary Critchlow

Professor of Surface and Interface Science
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Dr Elisa Mele

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials
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Dr Fiona Hatton

Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry
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Materials Conversations: Phoebe Collings-James and Rebecca Bellantoni

Wed 13 March - Wed 13 March - 2019

1pm - 2pm

Phoebe Collings-James discusses her research into decay, violence, control and embodiment with the artist Rebecca Bellantoni. Read more

Materials Conversations: Rachel Pimm & Daisy Hildyard

Wed 20 March - Wed 20 March - 2019

1pm - 2pm

Rachel Pimm discusses her work on 'life' with the novelist and historian of science Daisy Hildyard. Read more

Materials Conversations: Richard Paul & Duncan Wooldridge

Wed 27 February - Wed 27 February - 2019

1pm - 2pm

A discussion on photography, materiality, reproduction and authorship. Read more