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  • Nick Cave, Until, installation, 2019. Photo: Tramway, Glasgow

15 craft exhibitions to see in the UK this November

From technicoloured textiles to mirrored mosaics

Here’s our pick of the best craft shows happening across the nation this November. To discover more of this month’s exhibition highlights, check out the latest issue of Crafts magazine. 

Katherine Coleman, Californian Poppies, 2019. Photo: William Van Esland

Katharine Coleman: A Fine Line

Katharine Coleman – one of the UK’s top glass engravers – has decided that A Fine Line will be her last ever solo exhibition, marking her 70th year. Her swansong features work inspired by the international locations she has visited while teaching her craft over the past decade.

Until 26 November at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Alter

Cavaliero Finn gallery is displaying sculptural work by eight leading ceramic artists, including Ashraf Hanna, Annie Turner, Matthew Chambers and Akiko Hirai, within the Byzantine-inspired splendour of Fitzrovia Chapel.

27 November – 1 December at Fitzrovia Chapel, London.

Faces & Figures in Stitch

This show at Hampton Court Palace offers an overview of figurative hand embroidery by students at the Royal School of Needlework, depicting characters ranging from ancient Greek gods to Nelson Mandela.

Until 19 March 2020 at Hampton Court Palace, London.

Head dress in storage at the National Theatre. Photo: Lucy Barriball

Costume at the National Theatre

Discover how costumes for 20 new productions a year are created on-site by a crew of 46 craftspeople at the National Theatre – adding to its stock of a staggering 90,000 existing costumes that travel to venues nationwide.

Until 27 March 2020 at the National Theatre, London.

Nick Cave: Until

For Nick Cave’s first exhibition in Europe, the African-American artist has pulled out all the stops. A kaleidoscopic installation made of thousands of found objects sits alongside a huge, eight-tonne ‘cloudscape’: a structure crafted from crocheted rugs, dozens of chandeliers, and oversized beaded weavings. Read a review of the show in Crafts' November/December issue.

Until 24 November at Tramway, Glasgow.

Beau-laid

Finding beauty within so-called ‘ugly’ objects is the focus for this show in Mason’s Yard. Look out for intriguingly grotesque ceramic sculptures by international artists such as Anne-Marie Laureys, Virginia Leonard and Jeffry Mitchell.

Until 10 November at Mason’s Yard, London.

Fante flag, Ghana, 1930s. Photo: Karun Thakar Collection

African Textiles

A rich body of work from nine African countries, from embroideries, veils and haiks from Tunisia and Morocco to weavings from Nigeria and Ghana, is on show at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS.

Until 14 December at SOAS's Brunei Gallery, London. 

Candace Bahouth’s Box of Delights

The mosaicist – who also works in needlepoint and tapestry – brings her trademark riot of colour to the Holburne Museum in Bath with an exuberant installation of glittering mirrors, shoes, and towering candelabras.

Until 5 January 2020 at the Holburne Museum, Bath.

Gordon Baldwin & Matthew Harris

Sometimes a simple curatorial idea is the most effective. Case in point: Bluecat Display Centre's exhibition of work by close friends Gordon Baldwin and Matthew Harris, which pairs expressive works by the ceramicist and textile artist. 

2–23 November at Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.

Wood and Walker, Delusione With Flake in Gold & Raspberry, 2019. Photo: Vessel Gallery

New British Glass

Over 25 finalists from the British Glass Biennial 2019 prize exhibition in Stourbridge have been brought to London by Vessel Gallery. Look out for sculptural glass by makers such as Sarah Wiberley, Elliot Walker & Bethany Wood, and Nina Casson McGarva.

7 November – 24 December at Vessel Gallery, London.

Change in Attitude

Some 5,000 porcelain black rhino horns, each representing one of the black rhinos left in the world, are free for the taking at Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire, in ceramic artist Layla Khoo’s response to big game-hunting trophies.

Until November 2020 at Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire. 

Kat Wheeler: New Beginnings

For the past ten years, Kat Wheeler has worked as part of the studio team at Cornwall’s historic Leach Pottery. As she moves on to her own workshop, this solo show of Wheeler’s functional stoneware and one-off pieces offers a look back on this decade of making.

2 November – 8 February at the Leach Pottery, St Ives.

Michael Lloyd, Beech Leaf Beaker & Bramble Beaker, 2017. Photo: courtesy St Andrews Museum

Lines from Scotland

This touring exhibition explores the many and varied ways that Scottish artists and craftspeople explore mark-making. Spanning disciplines ranging from metalwork to stone-carving, the show features makers as varied as Frances Priest, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Michael Lloyd.

9 November – 22 February at Fife Contemporary @ St Andrews Museum, Fife.

Art, Form and Function

Joanna Bird celebrates the 25th anniversary of her gallery with a show featuring everything from linen woven in the Dolomites by Chiarastella Cattana to wood-fired stoneware by Dorset potter Richard Batterham. 

Until 30 November 2019 at Joanna Bird, London.

Traces: Quilt Art

This exhibition by international artist group Quilt Art takes the life and work of founder Mary Fogg (who passed away in 2016) as the inspiration for textiles by its 19 members, who hark from countries ranging from Germany and the Netherlands to Hungary and the US.

Until 1 January at Farfield Mill, Cumbria.

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