Tapa: Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place


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Barkcloth Basics: Interpreting and Understanding Pacific Barkcloth

13th January 2020

 


Venues & Dates:          Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, Friday 3 April 2020


Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Wednesday 8 April 2020


New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, Tuesday 14 April 2020


The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, Friday 17 April 2020


National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Friday 24 April 2020


 


Time:                             10h00 – 16h30


 


Places available:            10 per venue


 


The University of Glasgow’s AHRC-funded research project Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place has received further funding to maximise impact and engagement and is delighted to announce an exciting 1-day workshop, to be held at 5 regional host venues, in April 2020.


Led by the host venue, the project team and Reggie Meredith and Uilisone Fitiao, barkcloth makers and scholars from American Samoa, the workshop is aimed at non-specialist curators and museum staff from local and regional museums and historic houses. Participants will explore through talks, demonstrations and practical sessions:



  • Barkcloth significance, us and history

  • Barkcloth materials, manufacture and decoration

  • Barkcloth storage and conservation

  • Understanding and working with your own barkcloth collections


Each host venue’s barkcloth collection will act as a valuable study resource during discussions, while examples of modern raw plant materials, tools and barkcloth will be available for participants to interact and engage with. Participants are expected to bring images and provenance information of their museum’s barkcloth pieces for analysis and discussion. Resources will be provided to help in the further interpretation and understanding of barkcloth, allowing museums to make it more accessible and host innovative, interactive and informative opportunities for their own visitors.


A public 1-day event follows each museum staff workshop; for more information, please see the website of each regional host. All participants are welcome to attend the public events.


Each 1-day workshop includes catering for all participants. Travel/accommodation funding will be taken under consideration if requested. This will be decided upon the discretion of the workshop organisers. Booking is essential; select venues may have the capacity to host more than 10 places.


To apply for a place,* please fill in the application form and send to arts-admin-barkcloth@glasgow.ac.uk by 17.00 on Monday 9 March 2020.


 


*If applying to attend a workshop in a region other than your own, please explain why on the form. First priority will be given to participants located within each region.


 



 


 

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