This May, The Crafted City will spring up from Bankside to house an array of informative and interactive events. This joint initiative, generously funded by Arts Council England, will centre around the construction of a purpose-built pavilion situated at Contemporary Applied Arts in the Borough of Southwark, an area renowned for its tin-glazed pottery, glass and leather tanning – materials which will be interwoven throughout both the making of the pavilion and the activities to which it will play host during the week.
This innovative and elegant pavilion will perfectly encapsulate the ethos of London Craft Week, offering an elegant and flexible space from which to showcase exemplary skills, whilst serving as a craft object in and of itself. Designed and made by leading local makers, working across a range of disciplines, The Crafted City will offer a flexible space for audiences to meet, talk, learn about and explore craft, whilst serving as a hub from which one can explore the week’s other activities dotted throughout the capital and highlighting the richness and diversity of London’s many creative neighbourhoods. London’s proud heritage as a continuing creative incubator will shine through all elements of the project and visitors will benefit from a dynamic and engaging programme of talks, demonstrations and making sessions.
Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts added, “Our maker members are using ancient skills, many of which are in danger of being lost forever, and interpreting them in their own unique voice and in contemporary idiom. The results are often both stunning and thought-provoking.”