International Textile Research Centre Conference:

‘Trauma. Grief. Loss: the art of bereavement’

15th May 2015 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Keynote speakers:

Dr Brian Dillon, writer, critic and tutor at the RCA in Critical Writing in Art and Design.

Dr Dillon’s first book ‘In the Dark Room’ (Penguin, 2005) won the Irish Book Award for non-fiction. It is a memoir, following the death of his parents, exploring how memory works emotionally and culturally and draws on examples from literature, philosophy and visual art. Dr Dillon also curated the exhibition ‘Ruin Lust’ at Tate Britain in 2014.

 Dr David H. Slater, is an anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo. His research interests range across capitalism, social class, labour, youth culture, urban ethnography and social media. His publications include ‘Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011,’ Gill, Steger, Slater (eds) 2013. 



Please book your place by following this link: : Trauma, Grief, Loss: the Art of Bereavement Conference

Date: 15th May 2015                            

Location: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Conference Fee: £45.00 with a limited number of student places at £15.00

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Marking the death of someone by the creation of art is a common practice in many cultures; from collective memorials of those who die in wars such as the Cenotaph memorial, to the private memorialisation of individuals through the creation of AIDS quilts and cloths embroidered with names. This conference seeks to address the idea of artists coming to terms with the death of someone close or confronting their own mortality by the creation of works of art. 

The Conference will included papers from artists, researchers and writers on subjects which address the theme of the conference through literary, visual and performing arts approaches which include:

  • Analysis of an artist’s, performer’s, film-maker’s or writer’s work related to the subject. 
  • Cultural expressions of mourning
  • Artistic depictions of grief
  • Mourning and memory
  • Contemporary mourning practices 
  • Public versus private rituals of mourning
  • Creativity and bereavement
  • Communal / community responses to bereavement

The Conference will be accompanied by an exhibition at The Crafts Study Centre, UCA Farnham: DOWNLOAD BROCHURE