The recently concluded seventh edition of London Craft Week was our largest programme yet. If you weren’t able to fit everything into the week then don’t worry, as you can still catch up on some of the talks and exhibitions that are continuing this month.
Image: Mark Cocksedge
ReCoil: Brodie Neill in conversation with Marcus Fairs, Dezeen
Designer Brodie Neill is known for his mastery of materials, form, and process. Born in Tasmania and based in London, his work aims to recontextualise our relationship with materials and our role in the natural world.
During London Craft Week, Brodie joined Marcus Fairs, Founder of Dezeen, for an intimate conversation discussing how he has revisited the indigenous timbers of Tasmania through the innovation of Hydrowood, a precious resource reclaimed from the island’s lakes. The result of Brodie’s collaboration with Design Tasmania, ‘ReCoil’ was presented for the first time during London Craft Week, alongside Continuum, a selection of his major upcycled works.
The exhibition is open everyday until 27 October at 6-7 Motcomb Street, Belgravia.
Image: Dan Weill
In Good Company: Lucille Lewin in conversation with Louisa Buck
Lucille Lewin discusses her collaborative exhibition with Nicole Farhi, ‘In Good Company: A celebration of creativity and friendship’, with Louisa Buck, contemporary art correspondent at The Art Newspaper.
The exhibition includes new works in bronze, jesmonite, porcelain and glass, produced during the lockdowns – which both artists found incredibly productive – alongside select earlier pieces, on view until 22 October.
Image: Katarzyna Perlak, courtesy of Jerwood Arts
Tender Crafts: Panel Discussion at Jerwood Space
Ann Coxon, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern is joined by contemporary visual artists Katarzyna Perlak, Rebecca Bellantoni and Raisa Kabir for a discussion which explores how crafts can be used to revisit and reimagine history from contemporary diasporic, feminist and queer perspectives.
Jerwood Arts presented this event alongside the exhibition Survey II, which continues at Jerwood Space in London until 11 December before travelling to Sheffield.
Until 27 October
Sarah Myerscough Gallery presents ‘Outside In’: exceptional works of crafted art and design by international artist-makers who define their practice through their decisions to use organic, sustainable materials. These ancient materials; wood, willow, and grasses, are reimagined for the contemporary world as the makers express their devotion to nature. Find out more
Until 13 November
Discover ‘Layers’ at SoShiro, the first UK solo show from Cuban multimedia artist Alexandre Arrechea. Through a new collection of handmade furniture embellished with decorative mosaic work, created in collaboration with the Mosaic School of Friuli, Italy, Arrechea celebrates the relationship between the human body, architecture and colour. Find out more
Until 16 October
Kuniko Maeda is a Japanese artist based in London who works mainly with paper, leather and textiles to create handmade jewellery, artworks and installations. Contemporary Applied Arts is exhibiting Kuniko’s latest work, which combines the reuse of materials, including paper and leather, Japanese traditional craft techniques and modern digital technology. Find out more
Terrain: Works in Porcelain
Until 29 October
‘Terrain’ at jaggedart is a celebration of porcelain used in different ways. Lucas Ferreira’s works are made from small handcrafted fragments of porcelain, accumulated to form sequences and rhythms, evoking geological formations. Almost paper-like, Alison Gautrey’s spun porcelain vessels are translucent and weightless, capturing a feeling of movement. Find out more
Until 24 October
In a collaboration that celebrates the beauty of paper, Smythson hosts an exhibition at their Sloane Street store featuring works by artist Gill Wilson, in partnership with Guilded. The collaboration sees Gill create a series of bespoke artworks, which incorporate the telltale Nile Blue paper seen across Smythson’s iconic blue packaging. Find out more
The Art of Plaster
Until 22 October
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler has a long history of commissioning bespoke works for clients from the UK’s finest craftspeople. This exhibition in their Pimlico Road showroom shows the vibrant plasterwork of Geoffrey Preston, an English architectural sculptor specialising in decorative plaster and the art of stucco, and includes a collection of recent floral inspired works. Find out more
Meaning Behind Materiality
Until 31 October
Don’t miss ‘Meaning Behind Materiality’, presented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery. The showcase offers a deep dive into different forms of craft such as ceramics, textiles and mixed media. Gallery artists include Matt Smith, Albert Montserrat and Klari Reis, in addition to Young Masters Amy Hughes, Amanda McCavour, and Emilie Taylor. Find out more
Cracked ft. Troy Town Shop
Until 29 October
‘Cracked’, curated by Leonie Mir, is dedicated to hand-moulded ceramics made without the use of a wheel. The exhibition, at Tristan Hoare Gallery, focuses on emerging and established contemporary artists who construct, sculpt and mould clay, demonstrating what can be achieved with ‘a little bit of mud and a little bit of genius’ (Paul Gauguin). Find out more
Tell us what you think
Image: Tristan Hoare Gallery, Photo by Dan Weill
We would love to hear your thoughts on the seventh edition of London Craft Week. Please tell us about your experience through our 2021 survey. All entries will have the chance to win £500 to spend at Liberty London.
Featured image from ‘In Good Company’, photo credit Dan Weill
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