1. Slade and UCL
Within UCL, the Materials Research Project has significant links to several departments, including the Petrie Museum, Department of Art History (Conservation) and the Institute of Making, and external links with John Purcell and Winsor & Newton.
The Materials Research Project has led to a collaboration with two other material research centres at Northumbria University, Newcastle and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. This collaboration began when Lisa Milroy was invited by Professor Helen Baker, then Director of Gallery North, Northumbria University to exhibit her work at the Gallery. Lisa’s exhibition entitled “Ivory Lamp Mars Vine Bone” explored the use and subject of ‘black’ in her work over her career as a still life painter and included 26 paintings from 1984 to 2012. The exhibition also included a symposium, “Dark Matter”, where Jo Volley and Onya McCausland, then Honorary Research Associate, presented their practice and introduced the Materials Research Project alongside presentations from Northumbria University and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. A publication entitled Dark Matter (ISBN: 978-0-9565433-4-9) documenting both exhibition and symposium was produced with funding from the Arts Council, all three participating institutions, and Reuben MacKintosh.
3. Colour as Material, 2013
The exhibition “Ivory Lamp Mars Vine Bone” and symposium “Dark Matter” at Northumbria University in 2012 led to a Slade research trip to the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in that same year to develop a further collaborative materials research project. The next event took place in April, 2013. “Colour as Material” was a group exhibition at FAFA Gallery, Helsinki and included Slade Graduate Painting staff Jo Volley, Estelle Thompson, Gary Woodley and Lisa Milroy, and HRA Onya McCausland. It also featured a symposium at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.