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CCHQ Weekly Round-up, 6 October 2017

Radical feminist artists, craft on film and our tribute to Ralph Turner

What happened

Last chance to see The World is Your Dressing Up Box exploring costume design, fashion design, millinery, jewellery and shoes at The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford.

Frieze London opened with a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists. Victoria Miro joined over 100 galleries and exhibited the works of philosopher, sculptor and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay.

Last weekend to see a range of dazzling jewellery at the Goldsmiths’ Fair in London.

Our Directory Maker of the Week is Agalis Manessi who is exhibiting at Contemporary Applied Arts until 4 November. We talk to Agalis here.

What was said

“One of the huge strengths of the UK craft scene is its internationalism” says Crafts Council’s Creative Director Annie Warburton to Zetteler.

What was made

Michael Rakowitz was chosen to be the next statue on the Forth Plinth in London. He will recreate the Lamassu, a winged bull and protective deity that stood at the entrance to Nergal Gate of Nineveh from c 700 B.C that was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. It will be made from empty Iraqi date syrup cans, representative of a once-renowned industry decimated by the Iraq Wars.

What to look forward to

Real to Reel the craft film festival returns to Picturehouse Central London on 8 - 10 May 2018, to coincide with London Craft Week. The call for applications is now open and we are interested in all genres: documentaries, story-led films, animation and more. 

Fancy the chance to build robots, print in 3D, create apps or try your hand at digital embroidery? You can do all of this and more at Make:Shift:Do, our festival of new making taking place from 27 October.

Last chance to get tickets to the Grow your creative business: how to work with manufacturers workshop in Birmingham. 

And finally

Designer and engineer Julian Melchiorri has designed an elegant new lighting solution that is part chandelier and part living organism.

We are sad to announce that Ralph Turner, Crafts Council Head of Exhibitions 1974-89, passed away last week. He will be truly missed. We pay our respects in this tribute.

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