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  • Installation view of UK Pavilion “Form + Motion” © Image courtesy of Cheongju Craft Biennale 2017
  • Spirit, Heike Brachlow. Image courtesy of Architecture Design Fashion (ADF)

UK Pavilion at the 10th Cheongju Craft Biennale

13 September – 22 October  2017

The Crafts Council and British Council will present the exhibition Form + Motion at the UK Pavilion at the 10th Cheongju Craft Biennale.

Installation view of UK Pavilion “Form + Motion” © Image courtesy of Cheongju Craft Biennale 2017

Taking the words from a poem by British poet T. S. Eliot as inspiration Form + Motion presents selected works by contemporary British makers, exploring motion and movement in craft practice. Spanning scale, discipline and material, these works bear witness to the dynamic and complex interplay between making and movement: Movement in making, of ideas, and, through both time and place. 

Form + Motion at the UK Pavilion for the Cheongju Craft Biennale is part of UK/Korea 2017-18, a UK season in Korea to celebrate and showcase the UK’s innovation and excellence in the arts and creative industries. 

The exhibition, designed by London-based creative studio Faculty, presents four curated spaces; ten makers selected by the Crafts Council, with three makers selected by Craft Biennale Scotland, and Thirteen Ways selected artist Linda Brothwell’s The Tools of South Korea and Hull. In the heart of the Pavilion is the screening room, presenting 44 films which were selected by Crafts Council for Real to Reel 2017: The Craft Film Festival.

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Crafts Council-selected works 

Selected works by Adam Buick (ceramics), David Gates and Helen Carnac (furniture and mixed media), Hugh Miller (furniture) and Esna Su (basketry) are material incarnations of a maker’s journey in all its forms – physical, conceptual, ideological - all steeped in the passing of time.

Whilst the works of Robert Dawson (ceramics), Seb Lester (calligraphy) and Richard McVetis (embroidery) carry the physical marks of a gesture: a communicative system that serves as a language for craft. Expressing both haptic and tacit knowledge, this language is inherent to how we inhabit and understand the world.

The seemingly-still pieces created by Heike Bracklow (glass) and Adi Toch (metal) come to life through physical or aural interaction. Through human animation, the pieces themselves become animated, creating sound and unexpected movement.

Craft Biennale Scotland, Wonder in Motion

Three selected Scottish artists, each working in different materials – metal, glass (resin) and ceramics – represent the artistic excellence of contemporary craft in Scotland. Responding to differing aspects of movement, the artists employ materials, skill and innovation to capture motion in form and create moments of wonder; of articulation, animation and stillness.   

On display for the first time outside Scotland, Lorna Fraser takes the delicate fruit of the Scaphium tree as inspiration, conveying their moment of release and their beauty as they fall to the forest floor. In Poise, Geoffrey Mann explores the unseen internal material turbulence within period window glass; creating a physical echo within the surface tension. Jeweller Heather Woof responds to nature – windswept by the Scottish weather – while her Slinky Necklace encapsulates fluidity and movement, coming alive when worn.

The Tools of South Korea and Hull by Linda Brothwell

In The Tools of South Korea and Hull, Linda Brothwell is pioneering a new understanding of the significance of craft skills and tools by illustrating their intrinsic value to social, cultural and economic development. Her work is inspired by the craft and industrial heritages of both Hull and South Korea, two seemingly disparate places, united by the commonality of their craft stories, skills and tools. 

With support from the British Council and Hull Culture and Leisure Services, curated by Thirteen Ways, Linda Brothwell has established an international exchange through tools.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival highlights the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

After an open call – which attracted almost 300 entries from around the world – the 2017 programme of 44 films includes documentaries, animation, and profiles of makers such as Kate Malone, Simone ten Hompel and letterpress artist Martin Clark. Film makers selected for the second year running include Nick David and Jack Flynn, Dominic Wilcox, Lorna Hamilton Brown, Juriaan Booij, and Sam Meech.

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