Press Release- Immediate
7 December 2015
Crafts Council-supported London collective Assemble wins the Turner Prize
Assemble, a London-based collective who work across the fields of art, architecture and design have won the Turner Prize for their community-centred approach to city development
Assemble were the first architectural nominees for the Turner Prize and were nominated for projects including the ongoing collaboration with local residents in the Granby Four Streets in Liverpool. The Crafts Council and the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) supported Assemble’s winning installation A Showroom for Granby Workshop. The Turner Prize installation displays a range of handmade products and shows how Assemble have worked with Liverpool’s local residents to create a truly collaborative and inspiring approach to regeneration.
Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participants and collaborators in their work. Assemble are part of the Craft Council’s Build Your Own exhibition showing at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 3 October 2015 to 3 January 2016. The exhibition explores new ways of working, sharing and collaborating within emerging technologies and traditional practices of production.
Build Your Own features four newly commissioned projects including Homework by artist Will Shannon and Assemble. Homework explores living spaces as platforms for experimentation, production and learning by transforming an ordinary house into a series of workshop spaces for domestic making. Community concrete casting workshops were held in the backyard of 48 Cairns Street in Liverpool in the run up to Build Your Own at FACT earlier in the year, with the casting workstation itself installed in the exhibition.
"This project is important as it demonstrates the power of DIY and creative action in everyday life. Creativity here has been so much more than a supplement to people’s lives, it has brought about massive change, where people have re-taken control of their area following years of dereliction. The project is founded on valuing the importance of making things and how empowering a process this can be. We would therefore like to thank the Crafts Council and FACT for their continuous support for our work in the area” -- Lewis Jones, Founding Member, Assemble
"With Granby Four Streets, Assemble shows how regeneration at its best is literally in the hands of the community. The Granby Workshop is a powerful example of hands-on making as a force for positive change. Simply put, making things connects us to each other and to the places where we live and work. The Crafts Council is proud to support, with FACT, Assemble’s work. Their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to building skills offer a fresh approach to regeneration through making." -- Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
"With Granby Four Streets, Assemble shows how regeneration at its best is literally in the hands of the community. The Granby Workshop is a powerful example of hands-on making as a force for positive change. Simply put, making things connects us to each other and to the places where we live and work. The Crafts Council is proud to support, with FACT, Assemble’s work. We are thrilled that the Turner Prize this year has recognised their entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to building skills, and fresh approach to regeneration through making." -- Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
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Please visit the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery website for further information.
Notes to Editors
About the Crafts Council
- The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. We believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK’s social, economic and cultural life and that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about craft.
- The Crafts Council is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Assemble are a design and architecture collective based in London. At the heart of Assemble’s working practice is a belief in the importance of addressing the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which spaces are made.
Assemble champions a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and accomplice in the on-going realization of the work. http://assemblestudio.co.uk/
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool and is focused on bringing people, art and technology together. FACT’s award-winning building houses three galleries, a café, bar and four cinema screens.
- Since the organisation was founded in 1988 (previously called Moviola), it has commissioned and presented over 250 new media and digital artworks from artists including Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Isaac Julien. http://www.fact.co.uk/
- About Norfolk Museums Service
- Norfolk Museums Service comprises museums, collections study centres and countywide services relating to archaeology and education. Norfolk Museums Service was established in 1974 when the County and District Councils in Norfolk agreed to delegate their museum powers to a Joint Committee to manage museums through a county-wide Museums Service.
- The Service remains a unique partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norfolk's district councils, funded through council tax, earned income and grants. http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/