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15 craft exhibitions to see in the UK this July

From Ghanaian umbrellas to decorative fans

Here’s our pick of the best shows happening this month. For more of July’s highlights, check out the July/August issue of Crafts magazine

Traditional Peruvian garments. Photo: Marta Tucci

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru

This expansive exhibition showcases weaving, embroidery, garments and textile art from Peru, ranging from the centuries-old to the contemporary.

21 June – 8 September at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

Enamel

Ten contemporary jewellers offer a look at a variety of approaches to enamelling: the art of fusing powdered glass onto metal in a kiln.

29 June – 28 September at the Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds.

Collecting Craft

Bath’s Holbourne Museum is exhibiting silver, textiles, ceramics, furniture and glassfrom the personal collection of crafts patron Charmain Adams, celebrating the role of the collector in supporting makers.

Until 1 September at Holburne Museum, Bath.

Interior of Capel Rhiw, David Nash's studio in north Wales. Photo: Jonty Wilde

David Nash: Sculpture Through the Seasons

This ambitious solo show offers an overview of the last 50 years of work by master wood artist David Nash, exploring the diverse ways he has carved, cut and manipulated his chosen material.

Until 1 September at National Museum Cardiff.

Jerwood Makers Open

Five new commissions by early-career makers Lucie Gledhill, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge (Forest + Found), Tana West, Mark Corfield-Moore, and Bethan Lloyd Worthington go on show for the biennial touring exhibition.

19 June – 18 August atJerwood Space, London.

Conversations in Making

For the first art exhibition at the Stonehenge visitor centre, artist Linda Brothwell is presenting 40 copper and silver vessels that draw on both archaeological artefacts and tools used today by local craftspeople.

Until 24 November at Stonehenge Visitor Centre, near Amesbury.

Madge Gill, embroidery, date unknown. Photo: William Morris Gallery

Madge Gill: Myrninerest

The William Morris Gallery is mounting the biggest exhibition yet of work by Madge Gill, one of the world’s most celebrated ‘outsider’ artists, ranging from embroidered rugs, wall hangings and dresses to nine-metre-long paintings on calico.

Until 22 September at the William Morris Gallery, London.

Lines and Fragments

Basket-maker and artist Tim Johnson’s work is on show in this solo exhibition of baskets and sculptures, created using techniques drawn from historic craft traditions worldwide. 

Until 31 August at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

New Designers

Following on from June’s first instalment of the graduate design fair, New Designers returns for Week 2, showcasing product and industrial design, furniture, interior design, and more.

4–6 July at the Business Design Centre, London.

Fan from the Lennox-Boyd collection. Photo: © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Fans Unfolded

The Fitzwilliam is mounting a display of over 600 decorated fans created between the 18th and 20th centuries from the collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd, which show the techniques behind making, researching and conserving fans.

Until 12 January 2020 at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

David Adjaye: Making Memory

The Design Museum offers an overview of the work of British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye OBE, including the local craft traditions – from umbrellas to stools – that have inspired his structures.

Until 4 August at the Design Museum, London.

Collecting Craft

Bath’s Holbourne Museum is exhibiting silver, textiles, ceramics, furniture and glass from the personal collection of crafts patron Charmian Adams, celebrating the role of the collector in supporting makers.

Until 1 September at Holburne Museum, Bath.

Ceramics by Jennifer Lee. Photo: Jon Stokes

Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space

Ceramics by the Scottish potter are on show both in Kettle’s Yard’s gallery space and in the historic house itself in a display that showcases the slow evolution of her work across 40 years of making.

9 July – 22 September at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

A Silent Space Between

A group exhibition of crafts, including etchings, photograms, ceramics, wooden vessels and more, is on show at the West Sussex gallery.

Until 31 July at Gallery57, Arundel.

International Ceramics Festival (ICF)

The three-day festival returns to Wales for a celebration of ceramics, including exhibitions, lectures, workshops and spectacular firings.

5–7 July at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University.

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