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Curating Craft & Ways of Percieving Crafts

Two-day seminar 28-29 November 2018, Stockholm. A collaboration between Iaspis/The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Konstfack, Konsthantverkscentrum and Norwegian Crafts.

Anders Ruhwald, You in Between (2008). Photo: Anders Ruhwald, The National Museum of Art Architecture and Design Norway.

How craft can change the perception of an institution – How an institution can change the perceptions of craft

Date: Wednesday 28 November, 2018
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Place: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Project Room
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm, Sweden

Dr Maja Gunn, Professor of Craft, HDK Steneby, Gothenburg University, Artist and Designer.

Panel participants:
Matt Smith, Professor of Craft/Ceramics and Glass, Konstfack, Artist, Maj Sandell, Director of Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Svein Ingvoll Pedersen, Director Nordnorsk kunstnersenter / North Norwegian Art Center and Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF.

Maja Gunn is a Professor of Craft specialised in Textile art at HDK-Steneby, Gothenburg University. She holds a PhD in Design (specialisation: fashion design). Her doctoral thesis, Body Acts Queer: Clothing as a Performative Challenge to Heteronormativity (2016), explores design and design methodology in relation to queer feminist theory, gender and sexuality.

Maja Gunn’s art has been presented at several exhibitions in Sweden and internationally. In collaboration with Karin Ehrnberger and Camilla Andersson, she curated the exhibition Norm Form, on design that challenges norms, at ArkDes Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm. Her current research explores architecture, craft and design’s societal-changing and norm-challenging functions.

Matt Smith (GBR) is an artist and curator. In 2015-16 he was Artist-in-Residence at the V&A. Solo exhibitions include Flux: Parian Unpacked at the Fitzwilliam Museum (2018) Queering the Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2010-11) and Other Stories at the University of Leeds (2012). From 2010 until 2015 he co-directed Unravelled Arts, a commissioning agency working with the National Trust.

He holds an AHRC-funded, practice-based PhD in Queer Craft at the University of Brighton. He is Professor of Craft: Ceramics and Glass at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies.

He talks regularly about his practice (Tate Modern, 2012 & 2017, KHIB Bergen, 2012, University of Bremen, 2014) and also writes about it (Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture, 2016; Disobedient Curating in Art Journal, 2017; Sexuality and Gender at Home, 2018).

Svein Ingvoll Pedersen (NOR) is an art historian and since 2014 the director of the North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS). NNKS is a regional centre for visual arts in the region of Northern-Norway that among a broad range of activities commissions the Lofoten International Art Festival, one of Norway’s main events in the field of contemporary art. From 2008 to 2014 Pedersen held the position of director and artistic director at Tromsø Kunstforening.

Maj Sandell is Director of Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden’s only public art center specializing in contemporary craft art. She has substantial experience from curating and producing exhibitions within the craft field. Maj Sandell is educated at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, department of ceramics and glass. In the end of the nineties she was co-founder of the design- and craft gallery Agata in Stockholm.

NB! Fully booked!


Date: Thursday November 29, 2018
Time: 9.30 am – 4 pm
Place: Konstfack
Address: LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm

The seminar is free, but due to limited seating at Konstfack we ask that those who wishes to attend register here by 15 October:


Martina Margetts (UK) I Anders Ljungberg (SE) I Agnieszka Knap (SE) I Sarah Gilbert (US) I Pravu Matzumdar (DE/IN) I Gabriel Johann Kvendseth (NO) I André Gali (NO).

Mònica Gaspar (ES/CH)

The seminar deals with questions raised in Material Perceptions, the 5th book in the Documents on Contemporary Crafts series published by Norwegian Crafts and arnoldsche ART PUBLISHERS.

Read more about the seminar at Konstfack