Our guide to some of the highlights from London Craft Week 2018
Back for a fourth edition, this year’s London Craft Week unfolds across more than 200 venues around the city, promising a surprising mix of backdrops, ranging from Assemble’s Sugarhouse Studios in Bermondsey to the heady heights of the Houses of Parliament. There’s also three nights of craft film at the Picturehouse Central, with Real to Reel taking place 8, 9, 10 May.
Here, we’ve highlighted five of the events at the very top of our to-do list, picked because we feel they represent the festival at its best: a genuine moment for the capital to come together and celebrate creativity and making in all its guises. See our full line up in our current issue.
On the Way to Language
On the Way to Language at Camberwell Space (1 May – 9 June) promises to turn the gallery into a forum for debate and discussion, with three key objects acting as cues including this large-scale pot by Japanese ceramist Takahiro Kondo.
The LOEWE Craft Prize
A free exhibition at the Design Museum featuring 30 exceptional makers from 18 different countries. The prize has fast secured a place as a flagship event for the week, with a raft of interesting talks taking place at the museum including a discussion on diversity in craft chaired by Rosy Greenlees, one of this year’s judges and executive director of the Crafts Council.
Silk slippers, a shoe for sheep and 1930s’ orthopaedic footwear are among the historic items drawn from the archives of the London College of Fashion for Footnotes, at Sutton House (9 – 13 May), a Tudor property in Hackney. Don’t miss contemporary interventions by artists Linda Brothwell, Laila Diallo, Eelko Moorer and Ellen Sampson.
Brickmaking at Battersea Power Station
Discover the craft of coal-fired brickmaking on 10 May at Battersea Power Station with traditional master makers Northcot Brick, the Gloucestershire-based firm in charge of creating bricks for the new development in the style of those originally used, explaining the tricks of its trade.
How to Build a Goldsmith
Finally, size yourself up against some of the country’s most exceptional craftspeople in How to Build a Goldsmith at the Goldsmiths’ Centre (9 May – 3 July), featuring spectacular objects drawn from the Crafts Council’s collections.