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About the event...

The Christopher Dresser Society is pleased to announce the schedule for DresserFest 2017, comprising:

  • Selling exhibition –Private View - Free
  • Welcome meal and drinks £25
  • Symposium - £15 members/ £25 non-members

Bookings can be taken online at

June 30th

Selling Exhibition
Venue Teesside University, Constantine Gallery 4.00- 6.00 Private View

Welcome meal 6.30- 8.30
The Smeltery, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

July 1st

Symposium: Christopher Dresser, Japonism and the Victorian World of Goods
Venue T1.10, The Curve, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA

9.15 Arrival, Registration, Tea and Coffee.
10.00 Welcome: Paul Denison/ Gill Moore- Christopher Dresser Society
10.15 Keynote Speaker - Widar Halen, Director of Design and Decorative Arts at the National Museum in Oslo Christopher Dresser and the Anglo-Japanese style. 
11.20 Zoe Hendon - Head of Collections, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) MoDA Collections Centre Handwork rendered expeditious: the Rottmann-Silver stencil venture of the 1890s.
12.00 Lunch- Buffet Lunch Provided
1.00 Jane McQuitty- Alberta College of Art and Design Christopher Dresser, Models and Contacts: The Perry diaspora in North America
1.45 Clive Manison – Collector and Scholar of English Glass Matsu-no-Kee – Japanese Influences in the design of Stevens and Williams Glass.
2.30 Tea and Coffee.
3.00 Massimiliano Papini, PhD Student, Northumbria University Transcultural Exchanges between the North East of England and Japan, 1862-1923: visual and material culture in relation to the Anglo-Japanese interaction.
3.45 Paul Denison, Principal Lecturer, Teesside University Conventional Wisdom: Christopher Dresser, Owen Jones and the Mystery of Goodall Playing Cards
4.15 Plenary /close