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Acts of Making: Bilston Craft Gallery

Acts of Making is a two-week festival celebrating contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops. Events will be held at Bilston Craft Gallery and more unusual spaces across town. We want you to contribute, collaborate and capture your discoveries.
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Richard William Wheater - Tree and Scooters

Procession performance

  • 14 February, 1pm—2.30pm

East Park to the Old
Science and Art School

Tree and Scooters is a procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters which will demonstrate man's effect on the environment. During the procession, each scooter will carry a flag showing a section of a plastic poplar tree.


Catherine Bertola - Unfurling Splendour [V]

Installation performance

  • 14/17/18 February

Bilston Craft Gallery

Visitors to the Bilston Craft Gallery will be able to witness Catherine Bertola painstakingly creating a patterned carpet made entirely of dust.


Owl Project - Photosynthonium

Collaborative performance

  • 14—28 February

Bilston Craft Gallery

Owl Project consists of Simon Blackmore, Anthony Hall and Steve Symons. Their project Photosynthonium is a log pile embedded with LEDs. Light is converted into sound and can be played by moving had-held iLog devices over them. The iLogs are connected to large wooden amplifiers allowing you to create your own sound art.


Richard William Wheater - Tree and Scooters

Display

  • 14—28 February

The Old Science and Art School

Tree and Scooters is a procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters which will demonstrate man's effect on the environment. During the procession, each scooter will carry a flag showing a section of a plastic poplar tree. All flags will be displayed at the end of the procession at the Old Science and Art School until the end of the festival. 


Keith Harrison‘s Act of Making Lecture

  • Monday 16 February, 6pm

Centre for Art and Design Research and Experimentation [CADRE] lecture series

University of Wolverhampton
MK Building, Lecture Theatre MK045

Free event

Keith Harrison will present a public lecture at the University of Wolverhampton as part of the CADRE lecture series. This talk is a wonderful opportunity to discover more about Keith Harrison‘s practice using process-based live public experiments, including his work Tombstone [let‘s get over this] featured in the Acts of Making Festival.

The lectures are run by the research groups within CADRE and are free and open to everyone to attend.

For further information, please contact: 01902 322213 or cadre@wlv.ac.uk


Mah Rana - Meanings and Attachments
Live Event

  • 16 February, 10am—2.30pm

St. Leonard’s Church, Bilston town centre

Mah Rana's Meanings and Attachments project has collected personal stories connected to the jewellery we wear from hundreds of people all over the world through photographic portraits and written accounts. Bring an item of jewellery that means something to you to St Leonard's Church to have your photograph taken and record your story.


Mah Rana Artist Talk

  • Wednesday 18 February, 6pm

Bilston Craft Gallery

Free event, but booking required

Join Mah Rana for a twilight talk about her Meanings and Attachments project and the stories she has collected in Bilston with time to browse the galleries [late closing at 8pm].

Book tickets at: bookwhen.com/wolverhamptonartsandheritage


Mah Rana - Meanings and Attachments
Display

  • 18—28 February

Bilston Craft Gallery

Mah Rana's Meanings and Attachments project has collected personal stories connected to the jewellery we wear from hundreds of people all over the world through photographic portraits and written accounts.These photographs will be exhibited at Bilston Craft Gallery during the festival.


Catherine Bertola - Unfurling Splendour [V]
Display

  • 19—28 February

Bilston Craft Gallery

Catherine Bertola will create a patterned carpet made entirely of dust at the start of the festival, which will be displayed in the ensuing days. The carpet's pattern will be inspired by the history and architecture of the gallery building and will represent its invisible history.


Owl Project Light to Sound workshop

  • Friday 20 February, two sessions: 10.30am—12pm, 1.30pm—3pm

Free event, but booking required

Explore electronic sound and sound making.  The workshop will include making noise from cutting paper sound waves, learning about turning light into sound and other fun activities. 

Suitable for children aged 0-7 years All materials supplied

Book tickets: 01902 552 507, bilston.craftgallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Bilston Urban Sports Event Performance - Keith Harrison

Bilston Town Centre

  • Saturday 21 February, 10am—3pm

Free event

Keith Harrison‘s Tombstone [let’s get over this] is a series of benches designed for skateboarders. The benches are made of sandstone and will change shape as they are sculpted by the skills of the skaters at the event. Tombstone [let’s get over this] will feature in the Bilston Urban Sports Event. 


Clare Twomey - Is It Madness. Is It Beauty.
Performance

  • 24—28 February
    Tues—Thurs
    11am—3pm
    Friday 10am—2pm
    Saturday 11am—3pm

Bilston Craft Gallery

In Clare Twomey's Is it Madness. Is it Beauty. 500 unfired clay pots will be repeatedly filled with water, leading to their gradual disintegration and loss of function. Twomey will use arts students to perform this piece which is a comment on the futility of human action.

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