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  • Photosynthonium by Owl Project. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

Craft enters stage left

A festival of craft performances, live installations and workshops in Bilston and Gateshead

Acts of Making is the latest Crafts Council touring exhibition and comes in the form of an exciting two-week festival that shows craft in the traditional gallery setting and beyond. 

For two weeks in Bilston first (14 – 28 February) and then Gateshead (7 – 21 March) six leading artists will present moments throughout each town to show craft in a new light – through performance work, live creation of artworks and participatory workshops. 

Visitors will be able to witness the creation of a patterned carpet made entirely from dust, create their own music via logs and wooden horns, watch a folk procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters through the streets, become part of an ongoing project exploring our relationship with jewellery, watch a performance piece using un-fired ceramic pots and sculpt sandstone benches by skateboarding on them. 

These unusual works come courtesy of Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard William Wheater and the Crafts Council along with partners Bilston Craft Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery hope that all the magic is captured via #ActsofMaking.

Photosynthonium, 2014. Owl Project. Installation Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, Ealing. Image courtesy of Owl Projects and Pitzhanger Manor Gallery

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