Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN

The SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture is for museum professionals to share ideas, expertise and best practice in using their collections from regions where Islam was, or is the dominant religion.
We work with museums to provide specialist support packages and programmes of professional skills development that facilitate collections development and audience engagement to effect long-term and sustainable change.

Special Partnerships

By developing partnerships we enable active communities for those working with Islamic art and material culture in UK museums

Study Days

Study days develop museum professionals, while encouraging knowledge exchange and active learning through presentations, participatory group activities and discussion

Specialist Support Schemes

The scheme develops institution’s understanding of their Islamic art collections, supports knowledge exchange between staff and volunteers, and builds their engagement with both existing and new audiences

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  • Calligraphy Study Day , Cartwright Hall, Bradford, 1st April 2020

    Calligraphy Study Day Venue: Cartwright Hall, Bradford Wednesday 1st April, 11am-5pm UPDATE: POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – additional information to follow The Islamic Art and Material Culture Subject Specialist Network (IAMC SSN) is delighted to be hosting its next study day at Cartwright Hall, Bradford, on Wednesday 1st April. The study day will explore calligraphy […]

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  • From the SSN Bursary Scheme to ‘Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld

    It was early January 2019 when I received a very generous bursary from the SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture enabling me to attend the East Meets West: Objects in Renaissance Paintings study day at The National Gallery. What I didn’t realise at the time was the tremendous impact that day would have on […]

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IAMC SSN is supported by Arts Council England and is based at Birmingham Museums, with support from national and regional partner museums nationwide.