The annual Collect talks programme is returning, exploring contemporary craft with leading voices from the worlds of craft, design, architecture, fashion and art.
LOEWE FOUNDATION presents Where Craft Hides at Collect 2020
Since its launch in 2016 the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize has recognised some of the biggest global names in craft, many of whom have been represented at Collect over the years.
LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize president Sheila Loewe will introduce a chaired talk by jury president Anatxu Zabalbeascoa between Craft Prize 2019 finalists Kazuhito Takadoi and Giovanni Corvaja for the Collect 2020 headline talk on Saturday 29 February. These two masters of their crafts will talk about unconventional structures and materials, contemporary craftsmanship, their own practice and how being finalists of the Craft Prize has influenced their careers.
Read on to discover the full Talks Programme.
Friday 28 February
12.00 – TALKS SPACE: INTO THE CLIENT’S HANDS
The marketplace and audience for craft is growing and changing at an unprecedented pace. Craft is no longer a ‘moment’ but a seismic trend, and thoughtful investment in crafted objects speaks of our recognition and responsibility to buy well. Crafts Council’s creative director, Natalie Melton, brings together diverse speakers from across the full breadth of the craft market, to discuss how and where craft is being purchased, who these consumers are and what they are buying. Through sharing of experiences we can start to explore how a rich understanding of changing patterns of consumption can enable the market to adopt strategies that will develop the collectors of the future. Speakers include interior designer Kit Kemp, Isobelle Boltt from Artsy, Sophie Rochester of Yodomo and arts advisor Ben Williams.
13.30 –TALKS SPACE: TRADITION REDRESSED – QEST
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust chair Nick Crean leads a dynamic discussion with QEST maker-scholars Annemarie O’Sullivan, Alice Walton and Dorcas Casey around innovation in the use of materials and pushing their properties, discovering new ways of working and creating the unexpected.
15.00 – TALKS SPACE: MAKER’S EYE, MAKER’S VOICE – TALKING ABOUT CRAFT
Makers’ Eye is an exclusive preview of the inaugural exhibition at the new Crafts Council Gallery, opening in March, which looks at the Crafts Council Collection through the eyes of those who have contributed to the shaping of modern British craft. Spanning disciplines and decades, over 100 craft objects acquired for the nation over the last 50 years have been selected by 13 makers. Crafts Council’s head of exhibitions and collections, Annabelle Campbell, brings together three of these makers, Michael Brennand-Wood, Simone ten Hompel and Freddie Robins, to discuss how they went about bringing their unique perspective to their selection, how it reflects a personal view of craft and the impact of having their work included in the Crafts Council Collection. (See feature in the current issue of Crafts no. 283.)
16.30 –TALKS SPACE: JEWELLERY AS ART, JEWELLERY AS METAPHOR
Crafts magazine and contemporary craft consultant Daniella Wells bring together an international panel of experts to consider contemporary jewellery as wearable art today. Wells will be joined by Susan Cummins, founder of Art Jewelry Forum and former gallery owner; Dan Piersinaru, founder of Autor fair and magazine; and award-winning jeweller, Silvia Weidenbach. Together they will examine the roles that galleries, fairs and the online marketplace play today, as well as exploring how jewellery artists are shaking up notions of value by making the idea the principal commodity. (See feature in the current issue of Crafts no. 283.)
Saturday 29 February
12.00 – TALKS SPACE: CAROL MCNICOLL IN CONVERSATION
Join ceramic artist Carol McNicoll and art historian, Crafts columnist and long-time friend Tanya Harrod for an intimate conversation about McNicoll’s 50-year career. She was one of a gifted group of women who graduated from the Royal College of Art in the early 1970s. The discussion will range widely, taking in everything from the surreal three-spouted teapots made while she was still a student, to her ceramic meditations on national identity and her more recent political pottery – as well as the remarkable environment in which she lives and works. (See feature in the current issue of Crafts no. 283.)
13.30 – TALKS SPACE: WHERE CRAFT HIDES
Hosted by Sheila Loewe, president of the LOEWE FOUNDATION and Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, president of the Craft Prize jury, this exciting conversation will explore the use of unconventional structures and materials and the unexpected ways one considers their weight and union to produce contemporary craft. This will be explored through the contrasting works of LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize finalists Giovanni Corvaja and Kazuhito Takadoi. They will talk about this impact on contemporary craftsmanship, their own practice and how being finalists of the Craft Prize has influenced their careers.
15.00 –TALKS SPACE: LIGHTNING TALKS
A selection of artist voices showcased at Collect have been invited to talk about their work in just 10 minutes and with 20 slides each. This fun, fast-paced session provides a unique insight into the making process of exquisite craft pieces.
Sunday 1 March
12.00 – TALKS SPACE: COLLECT OPEN MAKERS IN CONVERSATION
Collect Open continues to draw together a cohort of exciting makers showcasing their large-scale and experimental works specifically created for Collect. Crafts Council’s Caroline Jackman talks to Collect Open artists Tal Batit, Edmund Byrne, Lucie Gledhill, Jacky Oliver and Margo Selby about the journeys they’ve undertaken to get to this point and where they might go next.
14.00 –TALKS SPACE: CRAFT IN 2020. LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD
The Crafts Council has been the champion for craft for five decades and as we head into our 50th anniversary, Collect provides the perfect moment to reflect on past highlights and the exciting opportunities the next 50 years might bring. Geoffrey Crossick, chair of Crafts Council, brings together a dynamic group of past maker trustees, Jane Adam, Shelly Goldsmith and Peter Ting.