Crafts Guide to collect 2017 - page 3

It’s back. After a year-long hiatus Collect returns
to London’s Saatchi Gallery from 2-6 February.
And I’m happy to report it’s in pretty good nick,
too. There’s work from 37 of the world’s leading
galleries to peruse – previous visitors to the show
will recognise some stalwarts such as Katie Jones,
Sarah Myerscough, Joanna Bird and London
Glassblowing to name just four.
However, like the black pudding industry the
fair needs fresh blood, and this year there are 11
new galleries including Galerie Michel Giraud,
Køppe Contemporary Objects and Sokyo Gallery.
As these names suggest, since its launch in 2004
Collect has become a genuinely international
concern, and Emma Love investigates this
phenomenon on page 24.
Away from the main aisles there is a panoply of
features and installations. Visitors can, for instance,
check out the Crafts Council’s latest acquisitions,
two of the
Essex House Tapestries: The Life of Julie
by Grayson Perry. Elsewhere,
off the neat trick of looking back at the history of
the organisation’s exhibitions without wallowing
in nostalgia – which is no mean feat. There’s also
the Crafts Council Benefit Auction, including
works by the likes of Edmund de Waal and Julian
Stair, which aims to raise £40,000 as part of the
campaign to revamp the Crafts Council’s ground
floor into a dazzling new home for making. And,
of course, there’s a lively programme of talks with
speakers including top furniture maker Sebastian
Cox, architect Geoff Shearcroft from AOC and
silversmith Juliette Bigley.
Importantly, too, Collect is the place to see
experimental work from some of the world’s
most innovative and daring makers. As Imogen
Greehalgh illustrates in her preview on page 38,
Collect Open has been expanded to include 14
artists who will be showing pieces that range from
a stellated dodecahedron by glass artist Shelley
James to troll masks courtesy of ceramist Malene
Hartmann Rasmussen. All in all, it strikes me as a
pretty convincing package. I hope you enjoy.
Grant Gibson, editor of ‘Crafts’ magazine
The full package
Primal Pottery
Jensen (Køppe
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