Crafts Council Annual Report 2014/15 - page 11

Annual Review2014/15
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COLLECT:
The international
art fair for
contemporary
objects
COLLECT celebrated its10th
anniversary in some style. It isn’t
hyperbole to suggest that over
the years the fair,which ran from
9-12 May at London’s Saatchi
Gallery,has set the gold standard
for contemporary crafts,not just
in the UK but across the world.
For 2014 the show contained 37
galleries,alongside special features
(including Legacy:TwoWorks on
Hope andMemory).The Project Space
is an area that allows new conceptual
works,often by up-and-coming
makers,to reach a mainstream
audience.This year it featured some
exceptional pieces from the likes of
metal artist Linda Brothwell,tapestry
artist Jilly Edwards and ceramist
Heidi Harrington.
Visitor numbers were up by10
per cent compared to 2013 to11,000,
with the event attracting the attention
of private art collectors,buyers from
the nation’s major institutions,and
visitors from the Middle East,South
EastAsia,Europe and the USA.Sales
exceeded £1.7m.
Top:Visitors to
COLLECT 2014 at
The Gallery at
London Glassblowing
stand.
Above:Tracey
Rowledge speaking
at the Contemporary
AppliedArts stand,
COLLECT 2014.
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