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PAIRINGS II– conversations & collaborations
One Day Symposium - 5 May 2012

This one day symposium brought together a panel of international artists, scientists and designers to debate and explore how they have been inspired to create new work through collaboration. It was held at SGS Stroud College.


"Thank you so much for the fascinating Pairings 11 Symposium. I left with my mind buzzing from the passion and inspiration of the speakers who shared their amazing work. Well done and I look forward to next year."  
Jenny Ridgwell

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About the Symposium

Linked to the Pairings II exhibition showing in the Museum in the Park, the symposium provided a vital insight into collaborations and the inspiring work that results from individuals coming together to ‘pair and share’.

The day enabled delegates to question, debate and explore the wider issues of tradition versus the contemporary, art and science and explore and the challenges and opportunities of working in partnerships and with new and unfamiliar techniques and tools. 

Through the symposium delegates gained fresh new ways to experience craft and design and reflect on opportunities to explore their individual creative paths to push the boundaries of their chosen fields of expertise. The speakers shared the experience of their partnership and offered debate and exploration of their work, giving an insight into their techniques, methods and innovative thinking.

There were plenty of opportunities for lively discussion.

The event was chaired by Alice Kettle, contemporary textile artist and co-curator of the Pairings II exhibition.


People from different worlds whose minds have come together in highly successful art and science collaborations. These are people who shape our world through exchange and dialogue.

  • Helen Storey, Anthony Ryan & Trish Belford
  • David Gates, Jane Webb & Alice Kettle
  • Sharon Blakey & Ismini Samanidou
  • Jessica Hemmings
  • Shelly Goldsmith & Annie Shaw
  • Rhain Solomon with guests
  • Claire Curneen

Helen Storey is Professor of Fashion and Science at London College of Fashion. She has collaborated with chemist Professor Tony Ryan from the University of Sheffield and Trish Belford, textile designer, to bring us Catalytic Clothing - the incredible clothing and textiles that seek to purify the air we breathe. The video below tells more of the story....

Other speakers included Jessica Hemmings (writer); David Gates (bespoke furniture designer, winner Jerwood Award, Wesley – Barrell prize); Alice Kettle(lead artist); Claire Curneen (leading ceramicist); and Shelly Goldsmith (textile artist). Chrome Yellow Bookstall also attended the Symposium.


SIT gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England & Renishaw PLC to make this Symposium possible. We also thank Lulu Guinness for sponsoring Helen Storey.

Arts Council England Renishaw plc


Alice Kettle
Alice Kettle



Helen Storey and Prof. Tony Ryan
Prof. Helen Storey in Vivienne Westwood
& Prof. Tony Ryan in a Catalytic air-purifying kilt

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