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Welcome to the 13th edition of Collect – returning to the
Saatchi Gallery, this time in February, to truly kick the cultural
calendar off in style.
This year wewelcome 37 galleries from 14 countries.
Together theywill be providing a special opportunity to see
work at first-hand by 400 of theworld’s best artists and
makers, and to buy the best craft-led artworks of our time.
Often these are piecesmade especially for the fair – an
exciting prospect for budding and established collectors alike.
For the first timewe arewelcoming an exhibitor from the
Middle East – Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council – alongside
galleries new to the fair: Galerie Michel Giraud (France),
Køppe Contemporary Objects (Denmark), maison parisienne
(France) and Sokyo Gallery (Japan). Meanwhile longstanding
Collect exhibitors include Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Joanna
Bird Contemporary Collections, Galerie Rosemarie Jäger and
Katie Jones. In addition to these renowned galleries, Collect
Spotlights and Collect Openwill focus onmore daring and
conceptual pieces and installations. Don’t forget to look out
for galleries and artistswho have received a Collect Award,
recognising originality, excellence and ambition fromboth
gallerists and artists.
The public appetite for craft has increased since Collect
was first launched in 2004. We are alsowitnessing a growing
presence of craft in the fine art world and an interest from
broadcasters. They recognise audiences are hungry to know
more about skilled craftsmanship and are eager to safeguard
its survival. These are just two of the subjects that will be
discussed in our Collect talks programme, an opportunity to
get under the skin of topical issues for the sector. The hugely
popular booth talks also return, offering visitors the chance to
hear directly fromworld-class artists.
Collect 2017 will also feature two Crafts Council premieres.
Our newexhibition Showtimewill display objects fromour
national Collection, alongside stunning posters of seminal
Crafts Council exhibitions from the last 40 years, including
artworks by legendary designers Kerr Noble, Ray Carpenter
and Pentagram. In addition the Crafts Council’smost
recent acquisitions - two tapestries from
The Essex House
Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope
(2015) by Grayson Perry –
will be presented at the fair. We’re delighted that we already
have venues across the country taking
Julie Cope’s Grand Tour
up to 2018, providing everyone around the countrywith the
chance to see the very best contemporary craft.
Another first in 2017 is the Crafts Council Benefit Auction,
hosted by our official online partner
Artsy
, andwith generous
donations frombig names including Grayson Perry, Edmund
deWaal and Clare Twomey. This auction is raising funds to
transform the ground floor of our Islington premises into an
inspiring newhome for craft.
Finally somewell-deserved thanks. We verymuch
appreciate the support of our sponsors this year: FBC
London, Dinesen, Newby Teas, Champagne Pommery, and all
our donors, patrons, funders and partners, especially Arts
Council England, for their continued commitment to our work.
Wewould also like to thank our Collect selectors and all our
contributorswho have helped inmaking the fair such a high-
quality and special event.
WELCOME
PROFESSOR GEOFFREY CROSSICK
Chair, Crafts Council
ROSY GREENLEES OBE
Executive Director, Crafts Council
At Cliffe I and At Cliffe II both by David Gates
represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery.
Photography by Angela Moore, styling by
Despina Curtis.
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