ICAA Annual Conference 1999, London (United Kingdom)

24 years ago

»What's the Object?
Museums of Applied Art Re-Appraised«

Host: Victoria & Albert Museum, London


Saturday, 6 November 1999

10.10 Registration at the V & A
10:30 Words of Welcome
Frances Pugh, Conference Organiser,
Education Department V & A
10.35 Introduction
Alan Borg, Director V & A
10.45 - 12.45 Session I:
Fundamental Influences on the Rise of Applied Art Museum
10.45 Collectors
Anthony Burton, Senior Research Fellow in Museology,
V & A
11.15 Design Reformers
Stefan Muthesius, Dept. of World Art & Museology,
University of East Anglia
11.45 Educators
Marjan Boot, Curator of Applied Arts,
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
James M. Bradburne
12.15 Questions and Discussion
chaired by Malcolm Baker, Deputy Head,
Research Department, V & A
12.45 Lunch
14.15 - 15.15 Session II:
How Applied Art Museums Responded to Related Fields
14.45 Science and Industry
Sophie Forgan, Principal Lecturer, School of Law, Arts & Humanities, University of Teeside
15.15 Tea
15.45 - 17.00 Session III:
How Applied Art Museums Presented Their Message
15.45 Gallery Display
Michael Conforti, Director, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
16.15 - 17.00 Discussion with Interventions from a small panel of respondents and contributions from the floor
convened by David McFadden, Chief Curator, American Craft Museum, New York, President of ICAA
18.30 - 20.30 Drinks Reception at the Norwegian Embassy

Sunday, 7 November 1999

10.10 Registration
10:30 Welcome
Frances Pugh, Conference Organiser,
Education Department V & A
10.35 Introduction
Alan Borg, Director V & A
10.40 - 12.40 Session IV:
Applied Art Museums in Search of Friends
10.40 In the Art Market
Rachel Layton, The Gilbert Collection,
Somerset House, London
11.10 In the Entertainment Market
Marius Kwint, Lecturer in History of Art;
Oxford University
11.40 In the Learning Society
David Anderson, Head of Education,
V & A
12.10 Question and Discussion
chaired by Anniken Thue, Director, Oslo Museum of Applied Art, Vice-President of ICAA
12.40 Lunch
14.15 - 15.15 Session V:
The Applied Art Museum as Authority and Taste-Shaper
14.15 The End of Good Taste?
Jane Pavitt, Brighton Fellow in Product design,
V & A
14.45 A Perspective from the Periphery
Sandy Heslop
15.15 Tea
15.45 - 17.00 Session VI:
The Applied Art Museum's Commercial Role
15.45 Intervening in the "creative economy"
Sara Selwood, Editor "Cultural Trends"
16.15 - 17.00 Discussion with Interventions from a small Panel of Respondents and Contributions from the floor
convened by David McFadden

Monday, 8 November 1999

09.00 Breakfast at Contemporary Arts Gallery, 2 Percy Street, London W.1
hosted by Mary Latrobe Bateman, Director
10:15 Registration, V & A
11.20 Welcome
David McFadden, President of ICAA
11.30 The V & A: Current Major Projects
Alan Borg, Director
Gwyn Miles, Head of Major Projects
Christopher Wilk, Curator of the British Galleries Project
13.00 Lunch
14.15 - 17.00 Visits that could be chosen:
  1) Storage at Blythe Road and the Museum Archive
Visits to
the Ceramics Store (Jennifer Opie),
the Furniture Store (Sorrel Hershberg),
the Museum Archive (Serena Kelly),
guided by Jennifer Opie
  2) Records and Storage at South Kensington
An Introduction to the V & A's computer documentation system, guided by Frances Lloyd-Baines
  3) South Kensington Gallery Display Styles, 1909 to the present
A walkabout ending with the Silver Gallery, guided by Anthony Burton and Malcolm Baker
  4) Design on Paper in the Library and Print Room
Focusing on collecting trade literature in the library (Helen Pye-Smith, Paul Shackleton) and, in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings, recent work on Renaissance ornament (Elizabeth Millar) and collecting computer-aided design (Jane Pavitt, Shaun Cole)
  Re-Assemblage in the Lecture Theatre
17.00 The V & A in the intellectual marketplace
Presentation on research and teaching at the V & A
Paul Greenhalgh, Head of Research
John Styles, Head of the V & A, RCA postgraduate courses
17.40 The V & A in the commercial marketplace
Presentation on the work of V & A Enterprises
Michael Cass, Managing Director
18.30 - 20.30 Private View of the exhibition "A Grand Design"
with drinks in Room 33, adjoining the exhibition

Tuesday, 9 November 1999

10.15 ICAA General Meeting; V & A Lecture Theatre
11.00 Coffee-Break
11.15 ICAA Marketplace, V & A Lecture Theatre
14.00 - 17.30 Visits that could be chosen:
  1) Contemporary British designers
Visits to Ron Arad Studio, Chalk Farm, and to Michael Horsham at Tomato, Soho,
guided by Jane Pavitt.
  2) Royal College of Art
Guided by Jeremy Aynsley, Director of the V & A, RCA History of Design course, School of Humanities, RCA
  3) City Livery Companies
Visit to the Halls of the Goldsmiths Company, the Armourers Company, and the Carpenters Company,
guided by Anthony Burton
  4) Hampton Court
The work of Historic Royal Palaces,
introduced by Sebastian Edwards
17.30 Re-Assemblage at the Theatre Museum;
Russel Street, Covent Garden, London WC2
19.00 - 20.15 Reception at the Gilbert Collection, Somerset House

Wednesday, 10 November 1999

09.00 Departure to Buxton
12.00 Aston Hall, Birmingham
12.45 Back in the coach
  Lunch on the Coach
15.00 Chatsworth
A walk through the public rooms, followed by a behind-the-scenes-tour that could be chosen from 3 possibilities:
- Textile conservation, with the Seamstress
- Housekeeping, with the Housekeeper
- Joiners' workshop and other services
Presented by
Peter Day, Curator
Simon Seligman, Education Manager
John Oliver, Comptroller
18.30 Aperitif at Buxton Museum
hosted by Derbyshire Country Council
and Ros Westwood, Curator
19.30 Arrival at the Palace Hotel, Buxton
20.00 Dinner at the hotel

Thursday, 11 November 1999

09.00 Departure from Buxton
09.45 - 11.00 The Round Building, Hathersage. David Mellor's cutlery factory and shop
received by David Mellor, Fiona MacCarthy, Corin Mellor
11.35 - 11.50 Sutton Scarsdale
received by Lucy Worsley (English Heritage)
12.00 - 14.15 Bolsover Castle
guided tour by Lucy Worsley
  Lunch in Bolsover Castle Visitor Centre
14.30 - 16.00 Hardwick Hall
Textile collection introduced by Santina Levey, former Keeper of Textiles at the V & A.
Short Presentations on the plasterwork by Gill White, Curator of Hardwick Hall and on the furniture by Rhiannon Johns (V & A, RCA Course)
17.00 - 18.30 Calke Abbey
A tour of the shadows
organised by John Parkinson, House Manager
18.30 - 20.30 Dinner in the Calke Abbey Restaurant

Friday, 12 November 1999

09.30 Departure from Buxton
  Lunch on the coach
13.30 Waddesdon Manor
received by Philippa Glanville, Director
16.30 - 18.00 Coach back to London; V&A
  End of the Conference