Gender Generation: The creative process in Art & Design

8 – 9 September, 2016

Organisers: Royal College of Art and London Southbank University.

Where the Motherhood and Creative Practices held last year at LSBU addressed hospitality, solidarity and maternal encounters, Gender Generation addresses subjectivity and place this within the context of evaluation, status and reception (of art, design and other cultural practices).

The Gender Generation conference examines the matrix of gender that lies at the interface between nature and culture in order to ascertain how this has changed over recent decades in art and design. The conference proposes that creative practice is the axial point through which the inter relation between gender, sexuality and pedagogy can best be studied and understood. How then does the concept of the ‘maternal function’ illuminate the more general understanding of the process of creative practice? And why, with each successive wave of Feminism, does every generation have to relearn knowledge? Are intergenerational transmissions helping us to (re)write herstory/history in schools and universities?

The conference is also a forum to examine art practice in the context of parenting, teaching and care (for children, women, students, ill, elderly, and our own creativity).

We are delighted to announce that keynote speakers for the Gender Generation Conference will be Lenka Clayton, Dr Andrea Liss and Prof Carol Mavor.



Key organisers

Dr Elena Marchevska





Dr Elena Marchevska is an interdisciplinary artist and Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at London South Bank University. Through exploring performances that brought together screen, somatic practice and auto ethnography, she has increasingly turned her attention to relationships between performance, maternal body and digital writing.

Dr Claire Pajaczkowska

Calire Pajaczkowska

As an independent filmmaker, Dr Claire Pajaczkowska’s research into contemporary cultural studies led to an inclusive range of cultural practices from art to industry. Researching the interface between subjectivity and social structure demands new methods of enquiry. Creative practice as knowledge production is especially interesting and little understood. Her research into fashion thinking explores the subjectivities of neophilia, community, hyper-social attachments, parody, play and insubordination. Her research into textiles thinking explores the relationship between techniques of making and types of tacit knowledge. A research project, Empathy By Design (AHRC, 2014), tested the use of the workshop method of creative practice within institutional care.

Hermione Wiltshire

Hermione Wiltshire portrait





Her practice is Photographic, sculptural, architectural and performance based. Subjects addressed in her work are gender politics of representation, radical feminist theory, Modernism, public space, the status of the photographic image, psychoanalysis, dance, performance and music. Her current research interests are the maternal function and creative practice, Expanded Photography and the Physical Image. She has taught at numerous art schools nationally and internationally including Istanbul, Turkey and Italy and is currently a senior lecturer at the RCA, school of Fine art, Photography programme where she is also a fellow.

Research Administrator/ Maja A. Ngom


Polish-Senegalese visual artist working predominantly with photography. She graduated in BA Fine Art Photography at the London College of Communication and in 2015 received MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Her works have been featured in publications like Exit Strategies by Black Dog Publishing and in Arc Magazine. She was an artist in residence in Cité International des Arts in Paris in 2014 and the same year she participated in the residency Planche(s) Contact in Deauville. In 2015 her collaboration with a composer Monika Dalach Ethereal Place was screened in Waterloo Warehouse.