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Craft Interventions in Domestic Spaces

Royal Pavilion Brighton. Photo: Duncan Harris

A Craftnet South East and Crafts Council Seminar and Networking Event

‘Home is no longer a dwelling but the untold story of a life being lived.’
(John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos)

Historic houses lie somewhere between domestic and public spaces.  The histories of domestic use are etched into their fabric, but they now fulfil another public role. In recent years, many interventions in these spaces have seen artists and makers using contemporary craft to tell stories about the past and the present.

This seminar brings together key curators and artists to share their experience and knowledge and debate the issues that these unique environments lend to artist interventions.


12.30 – 1.45  Opportunity to visit the Maisie Broadhead installation at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton


1.30 – 2.00    Registration at the Old Courtroom

2.00 – 2.20    Welcome and Introductions – Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council and Matt Smith, Artist and CraftNet South East Co-ordinator

2.20 – 2.50    Christie Brown, Artist and Professor at the University of Westminster

2.50 – 3.20    Jerzy J Kierkuc-Bielinski, Exhibitions Curator, Sir John Soane’s Museum

3.20 – 3.50    Judy Ling Wong, President of Black Environment Network

3.50 – 4.15    Q&A

4.15 – 5.15    Tea and networking

5.15 - 5.30     Closing remarks

CraftNet is an informal network of meetings, events and exchange to look at and share ways of developing and promoting contemporary craft. All are welcome – from commercial galleries to local authority museums, from organisations and trusts to individual makers, artists and curators.

Speaker Biographies:

Christie Brown is an artist and Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in London. She graduated in Studio Ceramics from Harrow School of Art in 1982. Her figurative ceramics reference narrative, archaeology and psychoanalysis and her work is featured in several private and public collections in Europe and the USA.

Dr Jerzy J. Kierkuć-Bieliński is Exhibitions Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. He obtained his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2005, and worked on The American Scene:  Prints from Hopper to Pollock at the British Museum in 2008.  Recent exhibitions include: Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered, Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Tchoban Foundation, Museum für Architekturzeigchnung, Berlin, 2013 and The Morgan Library and Museum, New York and the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2015; Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2014; Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the Summer of 1814, Sir John Soane’s Museum; and Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance art collection. He also teaches on twentieth-century American art and on museology.

Judy Ling Wong is the Honorary President of Black Environment Network, with an international reputation as the pioneer in the field of ethnic participation in the built and natural environment. Judy was the Director of BEN for 27 years. BEN works across diverse sectors in the context of sustainable development, integrating social, cultural and environmental concerns. Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion. Her contribution over the years has included membership of the DCMS Historic Environment Executive Committee, ODPM Urban Green Spaces Task Force, Council of the National Trust for England and Wales, Wales Assembly Government Environmental Strategy Reference Group, Scottish Museums Council National Access and Learning Steering Group, CCRI (Countryside and Community Research Institute) Advisory Board, DCMS Engaging Places National Advisory Group, DEFRA Equalities Scrutiny and Advisory Group, and the IUCN/WCPA Urban Specialist Group.

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