Make:Shift is a new biennial conference taking place from Thursday 20 to Friday 21 November 2014 at Ravensbourne in Greenwich.
Part of the Craft Council's innovation programme alongside Make:Shift:Do, the conference will explore how advances in materials, processes and technologies are driving innovation in craft practice and creating new opportunities for makers that can have effects in other sectors, including science, engineering, technology, manufacturing and medicine.
Bringing together makers, researchers, leading specialists, practitioners and experts across sectors, the event will consider current and future thinking on the role of craft in 21st century production. Centred on three key themes; materials, making and tools, each session will focus on the current and future contexts of craft in relation to new materials, new technologies, collaboration and innovation.
The conference aims to elicit conversation and debate and encourage active discussion with the speakers through panel debates, in-conversations and workshops.
Presenters include Alex McLean, co-leader of the AHRC Live Coding Research Network; Michael Eden, an artists whose work in ceramics and technology investigates the relationship between hand and digital tools; interdisciplinary artist Karen Ingham, who works as a Professor of Art, Science and Technology interactions at University of Wales Trinity St. David-Swansea; Rhian Solomon, the Director of the sKINship research programme that promotes collaborations between reconstructive plastic surgeons and pattern cutters for fashion; and many others: the full list can be read here.
Early bird tickets are on sale until 30th September; for prices, details and to order see this page.
More details about the Make:Shift conference are available at www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/makeshift