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  • Ready to Crawl. Photo Kato Yasushi

15 craft exhibitions to see in the UK this March

What not to miss

We have searched high and low to find the best exhibitions to attend across the UK. Here’s our pick for this month.

Material Liberation

In her first European solo show, Korean artist Hyon Gyon finds catharsis in textiles, personal objects and fire – exploring complex themes such as death, migration, grief, anger, sexual politics, spirituality and socio-cultural identity.

Until 31 March at Parasol Unit, London.

Useful/Beautiful

Harewood House near Leeds is already a fascinating repository of crafts. With the launch of the Harwood Biennial, it will also become an active platform for debate about the work of contemporary makers. Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters explores the powerful way in which craft connects us to materials, to our bodies, to our minds, to our senses. See more in the March/April issue of Crafts magazine. 

23 March – 1 September at Harewood House, Leeds.

Cross Legged Man, Renee So. Photo Robert Glowacki

Under the Surface

Renee So pares down the history of ceramics to a series of simple forms and shapes, in a body of work on show at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. The collection ranges from her knitted paintings and glazed sculptures from 2012 to tiled murals and unglazed ceramic figures produced last year.

8 March – 2 June at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Catholic Taste 

From ballet to Brancusi via Gbari traditions, Magdalene Odundo’s masterpiece pots are an encyclopedia of references. In the January/February issue of Crafts magazine she talks about 'building with clay' ahead of an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Until 2 June at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield.  

Rituals and Royalty

Decorated boats and busts of the British royal family feature in Here’s the Thing, artist Hew Locke's solo exhibition that reveals the influences of his upbringing in both Britain and Guyana. 

8 March – 2 June at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Ready to Crawl. Photo Kato Yasushi

Prototyping in Tokyo

An interactive show at Japan House explores the potential of prototypes to help us better understand technologies shaping our futures.

Until 17 March at Japan House, London.

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair

Some 90 jewellers at Chelsea Old Town Hall demonstrate a wide variety of materials in their work.

8-10 March at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Louise Bourgeois: Artist Rooms

A glimpse into Bourgeois’ wide body of work, at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

Until 22 March at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge.

Pofupofu and Spiky Tall vases, Ikuko Iwamoto. Photo Ikuko Iwamoto.

Ceramic Art London

Over 90 international makers will exhibit in the central concourse of Central Saint Martins for the 15th edition of the fair.

22-24 March at Central Saint Martins, London.

Under Your Feet

Ruthin Craft Centre presents the craft of contemporary rug making, with Margo Selby, Christopher Farr, Claire Gaudion, Ptolemy Mann and Angie Parker.

6 April – 14 July at Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin.  

Acapella, Halima Cassell. Photo Halima Cassell

Eclectica-Global Inspirations

A solo show of sculptures by Halima Cassell at Manchester Art Gallery references every nation on earth.

Until 5 January 2020 at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester.

A New Direction in Textiles

Ceramics, stone, Perspex, hair, cosmetics, and scrap metal all have a place in Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art featuring 62 textile artists exploring transformational projects within their practice.

Until 22 April at The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford.

John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing

Two Temple Place marks the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth with nearly 200 objects including paintings, drawings, plaster casts, daguerreotypes and metalwork, showing the polymathic ability of this advocate of considerate consumption.

Until 22 April at Two Temple Place, London.

Fabricated Upcycled Paper Brooch, Alysa Freeman. Photo Alysa Freeman

Get Fresh 2019

Biennial showcase at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen features 13 emerging makers from across the South West of England.

Until 10 March at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

The V&A presents a fashion blockbuster this time focusing on the life and career of the French couturier. Highlights include the iconic Bar suit, introduced by Dior in 1947 as part of the ‘New Look’.

Until 15 July at the V&A, London.

To see more grab a copy of Crafts magazine's March/April issue - out now.

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