Material, things, stuff.
Material Arts Network (MAN) is a growing group of artists and makers who believe that looking closely at material can tell us more about each other and the world around us.

Based at Abingdon Studios in the heart of Blackpool, MAN was founded by Ellie Barrett and Kerry Tenbey, two artists who explore material meaning in their practice and research. They want to bring together artists, curators, critics, writers, researchers and makers to discuss and share ideas about material meaning and engagement. 

Launch event

To get things going, MAN is hosting a two-part launch event on Friday 5 March 2021.

MAN’s Guide to Prospecting is a two-part workshop that explores how artists discover and collect materials for making and how this contributes meaning to their work. 

Part 1

This is a PDF resource and video workshop. Ellie and Kerry have produced an activity resource which encourages you to think about what prospecting means to you and the different ways you might discover material. 

In the video, Ellie and Kerry introduce and talk through their experiences of prospecting and why this activity impacts the meaning of a creative work. We will invite you to join us in working through the activity. 

Part 2

This takes the form of a live online discussion. MAN are inviting artists to share their responses to part 1 and to join in with an open discussion about prospecting. 

If you’d like to come to this event and talk about your response to part 1, please get in touch. 

You can sign also up on eventbrite. Tickets are free!


MAN’s Guide to Prospecting is hosted in partnership with Garth Gratrix and Abingdon Studios (Blackpool), and is supported by Arts Council England.


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