Artefact: Conversations in Craft

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10 May 2022, 11:00, 15:00
11 May 2022, 11:00, 15:00
12 May 2022, 11:00, 15:00
13 May 2022 - 14 May 2022, 11:00
15 May 2022, 11:30


Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Lots Road
SW10 0XE

Artefact: Conversations in Craft



Contemporary craft fair Artefact presents a curated programme of events, offering insider insights from the craft industry’s leading names. Bringing together renowned experts, from gallerists to makers and curators, ‘Conversations in Craft’ features talks chaired by writer and ‘Material Matters’ podcaster Grant Gibson. Inspiration and specialist knowledge are shared at sessions brimming with creative ideas and in-depth analysis.

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The Conversations in Craft programme at Artefact will feature some of craft industry’s leading lights. With renowned experts, from makers and artists to gallerists, and chaired by writer and Material Matters podcaster Grant Gibson, it has been specially curated to engage and inspire.

Proceeds from Conversations in Craft tickets will be donated to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

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Tuesday 10 May, 11am – MATERIAL LIVES
Speakers: Sean Sutcliffe, co-founder Benchmark; Richard McVetis, artist and hand embroiderer; Juliette Bigley, artist-metalsmith
An artist, sculptor and designer each discuss how and why they alighted upon the materials that shaped their lives and careers

Tuesday 10 May, 3pm – SATIRE AND CERAMICS
Speaker: Barnaby Barford
Barnaby Barford initially came to prominence with satirical ceramic pieces that turned a mirror on to contemporary society. Over the years, his practice has become increasingly difficult to define as he works across drawing, sculpture, film, installation and painting. However, more often than not, he returns to clay.

Wednesday 11 May, 11am – GLASS ACTS
Speakers: Jahday Ford, Louis Thompson, Lena Bergstrom, Lulu Harrison
To celebrate the UN International Year of Glass, a quartet of glass artists, at different stages of their careers, discuss their respective practices and the reasons they find the material so alluring.

Wednesday 11 May, 3pm – PROSE AND POTS
Speaker: Julian Stair
Julian Stair is a potter and historian, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to ceramics. He discusses his practice with Grant Gibson, host of award-winning podcast Material Matters.

Thursday 12 May, 11am – RADICAL CRAFT
Speakers: Celia Pym, knitting, darning and textile artist; Jane Marriott, trust director of Harewood House; Alice Kettle, textile artist; Jay Mistry, handbuilt sculptural activist
How is the craft world responding to some of the world’s most pressing issues – such as the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, globalisation, and climate change? In this talk we meet craft makers and curators whose work reflects on our current state of flux.

Thursday 12 May, 3pm – HANDMADE INTERIORS
Speakers: Juliana Cavaliero, co-founder Cavaliero Finn; Ptolemy Mann, artist and designer; Jo Le Gleud, co-founder Maddux Creative
Interior designers are becoming increasingly keen to work with makers on schemes. But why? And is this fascination with craft anything more than a passing fad?

Friday 13 May, 11am – PAST AND PRESENT
Speakers: Deborah Pocock, CEO of Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST); Mary Lewis, endangered crafts manager, Heritage Crafts Association; Debika Ray, acting editor, Crafts; Chris Eckersley, artist, designer and co-founder of Bodging Milano
As the world becomes increasingly digital are we in danger of losing traditional hand skills? And, if we are, does it really matter?

Saturday 14 May, 11am – WOOLY THINKING
Speaker: Freddie Robins
Design Restaurant by Social Pantry, Ground Floor, Design Avenue
The common perception of knitting is that it’s a gentle, mindful activity. A thing you can do quietly in front of the television to relax after a hard day. Freddie Robins’ work is the antithesis of all that. It’s frequently dark, often witty, and always provocative, challenging the perceived hierarchy of art and craft.

Sunday 15 May, 11.30am – THE FUTURE OF CRAFT
Ground Floor, North Dome
Speakers: Bryony Applegate, Helen Brough, Jemma Gunning, Laura Thomas and Kate Rochester
In a series of short, sharp presentations, a string of QEST Scholars discuss their practices and give us a tantalising glimpse at the future of British craft.


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