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Build Your Own exhibition launches

A new exhibition from Crafts Council, FACT and Norfolk Museums Service

Build Your Own : Tools for sharing opens first in Liverpool in June before going on to Norwich in October. 

Build Your Own explores what the democratisation of tools really means, whom the emergence of new technologies will affect, and how they connect to traditional craft skills.

‘It’s about the nature of relationships and sharing. We are less excited about a practitioner coming to teach the public, it’s more a conversation, a reciprocity.’ says co-curator Lauren Parker. While the majority of Build Your Own projects will leave a tangible imprint behind once the exhibition is finished, Parker’s hope is to offer a vision of civic craft to exhibition go-ers: ‘We are interested in the idea of empowerment, celebrating resourcefulness. How an exhibition can be a call to action, a manifesto, a pattern book or toolbox for people.’

Build Your Own is a FACT and Crafts Council partnership exhibition in association with Norfolk Museums Service and co-curated by curator and cultural programme director Lauren Parker and Clare Cumberlidge of creative communications company Thirteen Ways. 

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing is on at FACT Liverpool until 31 August 2015 and at Norwich Castle from 3 October 2015 to 3 January 2016.

Neurotic Machines (screenshot), Rachel Rayns

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