From microbe-inspired marvels in Sleaford to punk pottery in Bath
Here’s our pick of the best craft shows happening across the nation this month. To discover more exhibition highlights, check out the latest issue of Crafts magazine.
Mushrooms: The art, design and future of fungi
Ground-breaking experiments with textiles and objects made from mushrooms are among the works in a show at Somerset House, which explore the colourful history of fungi and how they might change the way we live.
Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen
Taking all things mental and physical health as its focus, this show at the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford spans everything from Karina Thompson’s Recovery Quilt: Out of the Dirt, made while she recuperated from a period of depression, to Laura Youngson Coll’s vellum sculptures inspired by microbes.
Collect: The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design
The Crafts Council’s fair returns for its sixteenth edition, moving from the Saatchi Gallery to the riverside surrounds of Somerset House. Alongside booths from over 40 galleries and a packed talks programme, the annual Collect Open exhibition will present 12 newly commissioned installations.
Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years
For the first show exploring the infamous potter’s early work, the Holburne Museum in Bath are displaying 70 punk pots and sculptures made between 1982 and 1994, crowdsourced from across the UK following a public appeal.
Journeyman: Stories of craft from a bicycle
The Devon Guild of Craftsmen are exhibiting the findings of one man, Nick Hand, who cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to meet makers dedicated to a particular craft. Their passion is documented by photography, film and letterpress prints – created with a portable press on the back of Hand’s bicycle.
Jerwood Makers Open
Manchester Art Gallery is the latest stop for Jerwood Arts’ touring showcase of early career makers. Catch new commissions by Lucie Gledhill, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge (Forest + Found), Mark Corfield-Moore, Tana West and Bethan Lloyd Worthington.
Alexandra Haeseker: The Botanist’s Daughter
An installation at Edinburgh Printmakers of Canadian artist Alexandra Haeseker’s work brings together photography and printmaking in vivid technicolour pieces inspired by botany and insect life.
Beyond the Vessel: Narratives in Contemporary European Ceramics
This show of mythologically-inspired sculpture has travelled from the Koç Foundation in Istanbul to the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire, featuring work by 14 international artists such as Carolein Smit, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen and Bouke de Vries.
Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined
Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre, a reinterpretation of Whistler’s famous 1877 Peacock Room, is now on show at the V&A. It both mimics and subverts the lush perfection of the original, with broken ceramics, wonky shelving and a creepy, post-apocalyptic glow.
The architecturally precise meets the fluidly formed in this joint exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s Make gallery in Bruton. Ceramicist Derek Wilson is paired with glass artist Jochen Holz, whose playful lampworked glassware is a foil for Wilson’s Constructivism-inspired ceramic constructions.
100 Years of the Leach Pottery
A century on from the founding of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Oxford Ceramics Gallery are marking the milestone with pieces by Bernard Leach, pottery co-founder Shoji Hamada, and associated potters Richard Batterham, Michael Cardew, Kawai Kanjiro and Tomimoto Kenkichi.
A Considered Place - The Edit
This exhibition at Edinburgh’s The Scottish Gallery features tapestries by Jo Barker, Sara Brennan and Susan Mowatt alongside glass and ceramic work by Andrea Walsh. Included are pieces from an earlier show at Drum Castle, alongside new works.
Celebrating Janice Tchalenko
Painterly pieces from the late potter Janice Tchalenko’s final firing are on show at Contemporary Applied Arts, accompanied by a commemorative film made by her husband John and filmmaker son Luke Tchalenko.