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Museum for Skills: The Role and Value of Skills in the Crafts

Museum for Skills was a one-day conference that took place on 10th May 2012, examining the role and value of skills in the crafts, and how we go about acquiring the skills we need.

The day was organised by Artquest (art organization) in collaboration with The Oslo National Academy of the Arts,

Museum for Skills brought together thinkers and practitioners from outside of the arts who each have specific interests in skills, their development and future.  The resulting talks and discussions aimed to provoke new and unexpected thinking on what skills the arts sector needs for the future and how we can use them.

Keynote speakers were Dr Iain McGilchrist, Professor of Social Anthropology Trevor H.J. Marchand and Professor Roger L. Kneebone.

Dr Iain McGilchirist, psychiatrist, doctor and writer presented a paper from his most recent book The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

Professor of Social Anthropology Trevor H.J. Marchand intervention was centered around his studies in cooperation between brain, hand and tools in carpenters and furniture makers across the world.

Professor Roger L. Kneebone is  Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London  and delivered on the day a fantastically entertaining presentation on The Craft of Surgery.

All three interventions can be streamed and watched form the Artquest website: http://www.artquest.org.uk/articles/view/museum_for_skills

The videos can also be embedded and shared following the Creative Commons Licence rules: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

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