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  • Khashayar Naimanan, Used & Empty. Photo courtesy Devon Guild of Craftsmen

10 craft exhibitions to see in the UK this May

From weaving with plastic to Scandinavian design

We checked in with galleries, curators and makers across the country to put together this overview of crafts-related exhibitions taking place over the coming month. To discover more, check out the latest issue of Crafts magazine. 

Dale Chihuly, Sapphire Star, 2010. Photo: © Chihuly Studios

Chihuly: Reflections on nature

London’s Kew Gardens hosts Dale Chihuly's series of large glass sculptures inspired by botanical forms, which dot the greenhouses and outdoor spaces.

Until 27 October at Kew Gardens, London.

Transform: Sustainable Art and Design

New work by nine Scotland-based makers using repurposed materials in wood, metal, paper and textiles.

4–19 May at Coburg House, Edinburgh.

Cas Holmes, Feels Like Forever Ago, 2017. Photo courtesy Rochester Art Gallery

Painting with Cloth

Rochester Art Gallery hosts a solo show of painted and stitched textile works by Cas Holmes that draw on the connection between people and the landscape.

Until 19 May at Rochester Art Gallery, Medway.

Expressive Clay

David Whiting has delved into Bristol’s Ken Stradling Collection of British studio pottery to investigate the legacy of London art schools in the 1950s and 60s.

Until 11 May at the Ken Stradling Collection, Bristol.

K. Naimanan, Used & Empty, 2017. Photo courtesy The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Masters of Invention

Forty years of European graffiti-inspired art come to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen for Masters of Invention, which explores the creative possibilities of the medium.

18 May–7 July at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey.

Nordic by Nature

A British Museum touring show of Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian art and design, including ceramics, baskets and glass, travels first to Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum.

4 May–28 July at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield.

Christoper Kurtz, Smoked Vessel 2, 2019. Photo Andy Wainwright

London Craft Week

The annual event returns, with venues across London offering a diverse range of crafts-related exhibitions and events – from the forward-facing The Future of Craft at the Bargehouse in Oxo Tower Wharf, to Scorched, a group show of work in charred wood, at Fitzrovia Chapel.

8–12 May at various London venues.

West Lands

The latest exhibition from Hauser & Wirth's Make gallery in Somerset celebrates the work of craftspeople who are based in, or have a strong connection with, the South West of England.

Until 1 June at Make, Bruton.

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji 'A no'm eba, ma na anoho mu eba (I am here but I am not here, Presence, absence)'. Photo courtesy the artist

Ifeoma Anyaeji: Ezuhu ezu – in(complete)

A solo show of work by Ifeoma Anyaeji, who weaves non-biodegradable plastic bags to create sculptures inspired by her native Nigeria, opens at Sheffield’s Baltic Centre.

24 May–22 September at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Art from Mars

Glass and ceramics by Mel Mars – raku-fired pieces, stoneware and sui pots – are on show at RBSA Gallery in Birmingham.

Until 8 June at RBSA Gallery, Birmingham.

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