Rachel Harkness

Rachel is a Lecturer in Design Cultures in the School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, at the University of Edinburgh. Her research explores architecture and design as a peopled process, pays particular attention to the social life of the materials involved, and considers how people make manifest their (eco-)designs for living. She writes on issues of art and craft, time, value, materials and the environment, and has produced a number of interdisciplinary art-anthropology exhibitions. She regularly facilitates participatory visual research workshops and between 2010 and 2012 ran an international Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on the senses and environmental values in the arts and humanities. Her recent work considers the vibrant materials that make up the Scottish built environment, and the stories, lives, entanglements and skills that a focus upon them brings to the fore. It does so, in part, through playful experiment and participation in artistic practices of making.

Judith Winter

Judith Winter, Independent curator, writer and Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Art, MMU. She studied sculpture at Central/St Martins School of Art and Sculpture Studies at University of Leeds. Since the 1990’s she has been a leading arts professional working both within and beyond the gallery context. She was Inaugural curator for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and Head of Arts for Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) leading the 10 th anniversary programme. She is currently working with the Social Anthropologist Prof. Tim Ingold as part of a 5-year research project entitled Knowing from the Inside (KFI) at University of Aberdeen that explores the conjunctions between anthropology, art, architecture and design.