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Atelier: Hospitalfield Charrette

The aim of our charrette is to investigate different ways in which Scottish Universities might work with our host Hospitalfield on research projects, knowledge exchange and related funding bids. The structure and constitution of the charrette is designed to draw out different creative and scholarly speculations on Hospitalfield, both as an historical site and as a future prospect.


29th October 2015

Arrival 5:00pm; once everyone is present:

– Peggy Beardmore on this history of Hospitalfield

– Hospitalfield presentation on future plans (Lucy Byatt)

– Briefing on the structure of the following day (Neil Mulholland)

30th October 2015

9:00 Early morning quick tour of the Hospitalfield site.


10:00 Participants divided as evenly as possible and take up positions in one of two distinct rooms. In each room the discussion will begin througha particular object:

Room #1: Allan Fraser Family Portrait Gallery; Object#1 A letter Facilitator: Andrew Patrizio; x 5 Participants: Morven Gregor, Neil Mulholland, Laura Simpson, Zoe Walker, Nicholas Oddy.

Room #2: Patrick Allan Studio; Object#2 A bust, muse for James Cowie and his students Facilitator: Patty McMeans; x 5 Participants: Peggy Beardmore, Chris Breward, Fiona Jardine, Hilary Nicoll, Lucy Byatt.

One participating observer (‘Facilitator’) stays behind in their room for Round 1 & 2. They make notes (and take photographs) as the discussion unravels. All notes remain behind in the room as evidence of what was discussed. The groups stay togther and switch rooms when the alarm sounds after precisely 1hr.

Mise-en-scene: Round 1 10:00-11:00


Mise-en-scene: Round 2 11:15-12:15


Facilitators will change a little. Groups remixed:

Room #1: Allan Fraser Family Portrait Gallery Facilitator: Neil Mulholland; x 5 Participants: Peggy Beardmore, Patty McMeans, Laura Simpson, Fiona Jardine, Nicholas Oddy.

Room #2: Patrick Allan Studio Facilitator: Lucy Byatt x 5 Participants:Morven Gregor, Andrew Patrizio, Chris Breward, Hilary Nicoll, Zoe Walker.

Round 3 1:30-2:30

Object#3: Caruso StJohn PDF visualisation of future Hospitalfield


Feedback (whole group assembles in one room):

Feedback is given from the perspective of the rooms and the objects they contain:

2:45-2:55 Family Portrait Gallery/LetterFacilitator Feedback (Patty McMeans)

2:55-3:05 Patrick Allan Studio/Cowie BustFacilitatorFeedback (Andrew Patrizio)

3:05-3:15 Both Facilitators (Neil & Lucy) Feedback on Object#3: Caruso StJohn PDF; comparison of notes.

Group Discussion highlighting areas of concensus and key points for further research and development.

4:00 Group decide Points for Action


Atelier: Making Research Material Across the Creative Arts & Social Sciences

2/6/15 I gave two short presentations at the ISRF Workshop: Social Science as Communication #Summerhall #Edinburgh http://t.co/yikqyqNS4i on:

Atelier: Making Research Material Across the Creative Arts & Social Sciences

In recent years, there has been a growing concern with materiality as a field of enquiry across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Not to be confused with the field of ‘material culture studies’, or with ‘historical materialism’, emerging research calls into question the binarism and anthropocentrism of critical theory and the cultural turn. The ‘new materialisms’, in their different ways, speculate on how things are material, singular and/or entangled. They have radically redefined post-human politics, agency, corporeality, criticality, representation, and time. In response to these concerns, a group of colleagues from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences established an Atelier, a network of arts and social sciences scholars and staff from museums and art galleries in Scotland.


Our meetings have foregrounded a number of ways in which disciplines within CHSS and our non-HEI partners each have their own protocols and methods for making material available for study in the form of objects. Yet, as we make radically distinct objects from the same material, what remains to be formulated within this multidisciplinary field are the concepts, equipment, and techniques that would generate the truly collaborative ability to fabricate common research objects.

How will the work be carried out?

Atelier members in Social Anthropology (SPS, UoE) and the School of Art (ECA, UoE) recently formalised their research processes, academic and non-academic partnerships in the form of a network project entitled Atelier: Making Research Material Across the Arts and Social Sciences. The aim of the network is to develop models of making phentermine and enquiry that can bring together often separate visual and material research practices within the social sciences and humanities through the creation of an ‘Atelier’. Our Atelier is a commons that allows us to make shared research ‘objects’ through collaborative research practices.  

A series of charrettes – participatory workshops involving interested colleagues across UoE and partners in the museum and gallery sector – will, in turn, focus on a particular object that will facilitate and contrast different methods of material enquiry. By engaging with ’things’ in the custody/field of our non-academic partners the charrettes will enable us to map and improve conditions for cross-disciplinary collaboration, shifting the emphasis away from doing research towards the creation of research objects.