COLLECT Art Fair Returns to the Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

COLLECT Art Fair Returns to the Saatchi Gallery

From: Crafts Council
COLLECT, the leading international art fair for contemporary objects, returns to the Saatchi Gallery in 2015 from 8-11 May 2015.

This year 35 galleries from across Europe, Asia and North America will represent the finest examples of work by over 400 of the world’s leading makers.

Alongside returning galleries including Adrian Sassoon, Galleri Format, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Yufuku Gallery, new galleries Art-Cart, Fatto ad Arte Gallery, Widell Projects and Micheko Gallery make their debut. See all the galleries.

Now in its fourth year the second floor space showcasing ambitious installation work from individuals and collectives is this year called COLLECT Open. This year it will present eight ambitious installations by fourteen artists and four design historians.

The latest Crafts Council touring exhibition I AM HERE will be previewed giving a tantalising taster of a show focusing on author jewellery from 1970s to present day, including work by Caroline Broadhead, Elizabeth Callinicos, Jack Cunningham , Susanna Heron and Hans Stofer.

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Exploring Knit in Bradford

From: Crafts Council

With a strong history of wool, Bradford is the perfect place to investigate how the process of knitting has developed and inspired artists over the decades.

Knit is explored in all its guises through themes of materials, designs and technologies with exhibits displayed throughout Cartwright Hall alongside its own fine art and international craft collection. Works loaned from the Crafts Council Collection – including Carol McNicoll’s Knitted Bowl, Freddie Robins’s subversive Hand of Good, Hand of God, Hikaru Noguchi’s Shaggy Bag, pieces from jewellery pioneer Susanna Heron’s 1981 Wearable series and Yoko Izawa’s elegant and fluid knitted jewellery – will sit beside work by makers who have recently been through the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme.

Knit is at Cartwright Hall from 25 February to 23 August 2015.

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New Exhibition at the V&A – What is Luxury?

From: CraftsCouncil

A Crafts Council and V&A exhibition

The Crafts Council and V&A announce their next partnership exhibition – What is Luxury?

The exhibition will present exceptional examples of contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual projects which explore fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future.

Over 100 exceptional, crafted objects from 1670 to the present day will be on display including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and fine examples of haute horlogerie by British watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds and plastic.

What is Luxury? is at the V&A from 25 April to 27 September 2015

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Arts & Crafts show

Christmas in November Arts and Craft Show Planned

From: News Democrat Leader

If you are still one who loves to buy homemade gifts for Christmas, as well as getting into the Christmas spirit a month early, then the 14th annual “Christmas in November” Arts and Craft Show is the place to come.

The show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Russellville Parks and Recreation Building at 191 S. Winter Street.

Come shop from all the handmade crafts by local vendors. Admission is free and door prizes will be given.

Each year around this time, the Russellville Parks and Recreation building is temporarily transformed into a Santa’s workshop of sorts complete with arts and crafts of all kinds. The 14th annual “Christmas in November” Craft Show is a great place for shoppers to find unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

“It’s all handmade,” said Elaine Dixon, one of the organizers of the event.

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Festival of making

Make:Shift Conference & Festival of Making Nov 20-22

From: Crafts Council

Conference and festival of making from 20-22 November

Make:Shift will explore craft and innovation over the course of two days, with three keynote speakers, 50 presenters, 18 sessions, 1 film programme, 1 lunch and an estimated 600 cups of tea and coffee.

Sessions include: The Digital Traditional, Sonic Pattern of Textility and Code, Making for Medicine, Internet of Things and the Robotic Handmade and a look at six makers’ fascinating work over a croissant at Friday’s Maker Breakfast.

There are over 200 delegates and speakers confirmed so far with folk from;

CERN, Innovate UK, The Cultural Institute at Kings, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, Heatherwick Studio, RSA, Science Museum, RoboFold, Institute of Making, V&A, FACT Liverpool, tutors and deans from Edinburgh College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art and press from Wired, FT and Blueprint.

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Real Craft Exhibition And The Ideas Behind It.

From: Crafts Council

Designer and curator Chris Eckersley explains the ideas behind his new exhibition Real Craft, which is at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, from 4 October – 16 November.

It’s a popular myth that old skills are dying out. You only have to look around to see high levels of craft skill still practised in everyday making and manufacturing – but much goes unrecognised, thanks to the bad press machines are sometimes given as an aid to manufacture. This is a mindset which insists anything made in a ‘factory’ – as opposed to a ‘workshop’ – cannot be ‘crafted’. Even a workshop can be suspect; since Bernard Leach told potters they were artists, the craft preference has been for ‘studio’ production. Easily portrayed as inhuman (think of Chaplin’s Modern Times) and the enemy of hand-production, in truth the machine is, as everyone knows, simply a useful tool.

Eventually many of these prejudices can be traced back to William Morris. Before Morris, Henry Cole and the Design Reform movement had been critical of the goods produced by British manufacturers, crusading against what he saw as bad taste; but Cole had no problem with the use of improved manufacturing processes. Morris, however, blamed the machine for the decline in standards, and sought to return production methods to a pre-mechanised age, as described in his utopian 1890 view of a post-mechanised future, News From Nowhere. Although a devout socialist, it is obvious that Morris’s early Nimbyism was quite reactionary. The message: is ‘No factories in England’s green and pleasant land’ – which is easy to say if you’re high up on the Victorian rich list.

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Craft Fair

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester

From: Crafts council

The GNCCF returns to Manchester with some new features.

From 9 to 12 October, over 160 designers and makers will be showing their wares at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester’s Old Granada Studios. As in previous years, One Year On will present a selection of this year’s graduates and makers taking part in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme will also be in attendance.

Launching in 2014 is Ornament, a selling exhibition curated by Kelda Savage focusing on critically-acclaimed makers who have work in public collections across the north. So while there’ll be plenty of opportunities to start your Christmas shopping don’t miss the chance to see work by Alice Kettle, Caroline Broadhead, Kate Malone and Junko Mori in this new exhibition.The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is at Old Granada Studios, Manchester from 9 to 12 October.

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Arts Festival

Second Annual Forest of Arts Festival in Oregon, USA

From: Portland Tribune

“Celebrate the natural environment and see art created out of organic substances found in nature; explore a familiar part of our world in new ways; breathe in the open air; and sense the wonder of nature,” said Linda-Merry Gross, the president of the Three Rivers Artist Guild, describing the upcoming second-annual Forest of Arts Festival.

The Oregon City-based artist guild is partnering with the Hopkins Demonstration Forest, managed by Forests Forever as an accessible example of sustainable forestry, to sponsor the Oct. 4 and 5 arts event that drew nearly 1,000 people last year.

The collaboration combines a free art show and live demonstrations with music, local food, wine, hiking-trail tours and children’s activities in the forest, 16750 S. Brockway Road, Mulino.

No-cost admission includes free parking, a free shuttle and free guided forest tours.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, family-friendly hands-on crafts and demonstrations will offer opportunities to meet the artists and purchase gifts of sculpture, paintings, jewelry and woodwork.

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Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts Innovation – MAKE:SHIFT

From Crafts Council


Make:Shift is a new biennial conference taking place from Thursday 20 to Friday 21 November 2014 at Ravensbourne in Greenwich.

Programme now live, and 34 speakers confirmed for Make:Shift, the Crafts Council conference on how advances in materials, processes and technologies are driving innovation in arts and crafts practice.


The conference will explore how advances in materials, processes and technologies are driving innovation in craft practice and creating new opportunities for makers to contribute to innovation in other sectors, including science, engineering, technology, manufacturing and medicine.

Bringing together makers, researchers, leading specialists, practitioners and experts across sectors, the event will consider current and future thinking on the role of craft in 21st century production. Centred on three key themes; materials, making and tools, each session will focus on the current and future contexts of craft in relation to new materials, new technologies, collaboration and innovation.

The conference aims to elicit conversation and debate and encourage active discussion with the speakers through panel debates, in-conversations and workshops.

Contact details

Contact Make:Shift team via email / 0207 806 2500

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Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival – South Carolina, USA


The 39th Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-28, 2014 at Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Friday, Sept. 26               Noon – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27          10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28             10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Daily festival admission fee is $8 for adults.
  •  A multi-day pass is available for $10.
  •  Visitors 15 years old and younger are admitted free.
  •  Admission to the park during the festival is also free.
  •  Free festival admission to Park Passport Plus holders, and three guests.
  •  Featuring more than 100 of the finest artisans, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty.

Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians.

Please, no dogs or other pets at the festival.

Stroller and wheelchair access can be difficult due to uneven surfaces, stairs, crowds and narrow hallways.

For more information call +1-803-734-0450 or Huntington Beach State Park 843-237-4440.

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Arts and crafts: annual show in Iowa USA, September 26-28

From Newton Daily News

The 11th Annual Arts and Crafts Show is set for Sept. 26-28 at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

This is Iowa’s largest show, with more than 300 talented exhibitors from eight states presenting and selling the Midwest’s finest handcrafts. The show is a production of Callahan Promotions Inc. and offers patrons the chance to enjoy original, affordable arts and crafts. Products being sold include oak furniture, pottery, jewelry, clothing, floral wreaths, stained glass, several different types of food items, lawn and garden art and more, with more than 80,000 square feet of display space.

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