Pavilion of Art and Design London

2-8 OCTOBER 2017


Set in the vibrant heart of Mayfair, PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts.
Inspiring a unique spirit of collecting, PAD epitomises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal astonishing combinations and create the most individual and staggering interiors. Prominent international galleries from major cities across Europe, North America and Asia come together to offer an exceptional panorama of the most coveted and iconic works available on the market today. PAD is a place to discover and acquire pieces of museum quality with a distinct history. PAD cultivates eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship with passion and flair. Its boutique setting is designed to inspire collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interiors specialists, design practitioners and the public alike, making PAD the only event of its kind.





Martin Puryear

Parasol Unit

19 September - 6 December 2017

Preview: Monday 18 September 2017, 6-8pm

Martin Puryear’s first London solo exhibition spans 40 years of the artist’s practice and presents over 30 works of sculpture and rarely seen works on paper. Loaded with a poignant sense of cultural history, Puryear’s abstract sculptures have a unique aesthetic and are meticulously hand-made, most often from wood. Puryear employs traditional techniques to create his work, which is testimony to his deep respect for skilled craftsmanship. This approach and his inherent sensibility impart a subtlety in his works which touch on issues of identity.

Martin Puryear was born in 1941 in Washington D.C. After completing a BA in 1963, he joined the Peace Corp in Sierra Leone, West Africa for two years. Learning traditional craftsmanship from local carpenters, Puryear began documenting his experience through drawings and woodcut. He continued to refine this printmaking process at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, Stockholm from 1966 to 68, before attending Yale University in 1971, where he received an MFA in Sculpture. The artist’s early experimentation with printmaking ultimately informed and influenced the sculptural works for which he is best known.
Installed in the ground floor gallery are Puryear’s larger works, such as Brunhilde, 1998–2000, The Load, 2012, and Big Phrygian, 2010–2014. A five-foot tall cedar-wood sculpture painted bright red, Big Phrygian recalls the distinctive conical shape of a Phrygian cap worn in antiquity by people of Eastern Europe and Anatolia. In the 16th and 18th centuries, similar caps were worn by French Revolutionaries and have come to symbolise the pursuit of liberty.
On the outdoor terrace, the eight-foot tall bronze work, Question, 2013–2014, appears to rise up like a giant twisted liquorice stick before arching over to anchor itself to the floor in a bulbous gourd-shape.

In the first floor gallery, several curvilinear wall sculptures can be seen, among other works. A mixed-media wall sculpture, Phrygian Spirit, 2012–2014, made predominantly of Alaskan yellow cedar, defines the internal negative space of a Phrygian cap. Other smaller sculptures, such as Shackled, 2014, allude to social history and recall the shackles worn by Africans who were abducted from their own countries and enslaved. Some viewers may relate this particular work to Puryear’s monumental outdoor sculpture, Big Bling, 2016, a 40-foot-high public art commission recently installed in Madison Square Park, New York, and currently on display in Philadelphia.

In a separate smaller gallery also on the first floor, a selection of Puryear’s works on paper is on view, reminding us of the important dialogue between his two- and three-dimensional works.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, the Martin Puryear exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication, a limited edition print, and a full programme of related educational events.


Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and open air

04.03.17 - 03.09.17

The biggest UK exhibition to date by leading sculptor Tony Cragg opens on 4 March 2017. New sculptures, drawings and works drawn from nearly five decades of Cragg’s practice will survey and demonstrate the artist’s pioneering and continued mastery of materials in the Underground Gallery and open air.





Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu

19 June - 18 September 2016
Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG

Pavillion of Art and Design

14-18 October 2015

Berkeley Square W1

Set in the vibrant heart of Mayfair, PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts.
Inspiring a unique spirit of collecting, PAD epitomises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal astonishing combinations and create the most individual and staggering interiors. Prominent international galleries from major cities across Europe, North America and Asia come together to offer an exceptional panorama of the most coveted and iconic works available on the market today. PAD is a place to discover and acquire pieces of museum quality with a distinct history. PAD cultivates eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship with passion and flair. Its boutique setting is designed to inspire collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interiors specialists, design practitioners and the public alike, making PAD the only event of its kind.

Frieze Art Fair

14 - 17 October 2015
Regent’s Park, London
Frieze London is one of the world's leading contemporary art fairs

Fireze talks programme


Open House London

Open House London is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design, taking place on 19 & 20 September 2015.

Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London's splendid buildings to the general public who don't otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.

London Design Festival 2015


Some key areas and events
Brompton Design District
Shoreditch Triangle
Tent London
100% Design (trade fair)
Global Design Forum

Gallery SO

Carl Clerkin & Danny Clarke : The Old Drawn Inn

18 September - 4 October 2015
A Proper East End Pub - in cardboard.

As part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle 2015, local boys Carl Clerkin and Danny Clarke’s installation of ‘A Proper East End Pub’ looks at this great British institution in the context of an ever changing London - See more here.

Ceramics in the City

: A three day selling fair featuring 50 potters

Geffrye Museum

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 September 2015. Preview event Thursday 24 September, 6 - 8.30pm. Free


Clearkenwell Design Week

The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum

24 May - 6 June 2015
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD


Henry Moore: Wunderkammer - Origin of Forms

Gagosian Gallery
17-19 Davies Street
London W1K 3DE
February 9 - April 2, 2015

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

Barbican Art Gallery
12 February 2015 - 25 May 2015

Richard Serra

Gagosian Gallery
Britannia Street, London
6-24 Britannia Street
London WC1X 9JD
October 11, 2014 - March 4, 2015

Peter Randall-Page

Upside Down & Inside Out

5th September - 4th October 2014
Pangolin gallery
Pangolin London
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
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Art Meets Design

22 September 2014, 6.30pm
Talk at the Japan Foundation

Japan Foundation

6th Floor
Russell Square House
10-12 Russell Square
London WC1B


Today, the names Yuri Suzuki and Kouichi Okamoto have become synonymous as fusion artists who can freely cross the boundary between design and art. While both have worked in product design creating functional objects, each has been involved in music and sound projects and their practices have started leaning towards the pursuit of creative expression in the field of art.
Bridging the gap between the two distinct domains, their work has been displayed in a number of institutions: UK-based Suzuki has collaborated with pop artist on Barbican show Digital Revolution and Tate Britain for the exhibition JUKE BOX Meets TATE BRITAIN, whilst Japan-based Okamoto has exhibited at the V&A London as part of London Design Week 2012 and 2014.
In this special talk, Suzuki and Okamoto, joined in conversation with Alex Coles (author of Design Art), art critic and editor specialising in the interface between art, design and architecture, will discuss the reason behind their move beyond the design parameters of utilitarian products, reflecting on their own experiences within the creative industry. They will also expand on the differences in practice, approach and mindset between design and art, and how this unique aspect of visual arts integration will evolve in the future.

Booking:This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to

Crafting Narrative: Storytelling through objects and making

Private View, Tuesday 9 September from 6pm to 9pm
Pitzhanger Manor House & GalleryWalpole ParkMattock LnLondon W5 5EQ


Crafting Narrative explores how contemporary designers and makers use objects to tell stories and features works by Åbäke, Auger-Loizeau with Alan Murray, Carl Clerkin, Martino Gamper, El Ultimo Grito, Zhenhan Hao, Hilda Hellström, Hefin Jones, Onkar Kular, Noam Toran and Dawn Youll with new commissions by Cecilie Gravesen and Dash Macdonald.

Exhibition open until 19th October 2014
Entrance to Pitzhanger Manor Gallery is free
Tuesday to Friday: 1pm-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm (May to end of September)

Exhibition website


London Design Festival 13-21 September

LDF events

Disobedient Objects


26 July 2014 - 1 February 2015


British Folk Art

Tate Britain

10 June 31 August 2014


useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home

Geffrye Musum

Tuesday 29 April - Monday 25 August 2014

This special exhibition will showcase a selection of cutting edge design for the home by both well-established industry figures and emerging talent. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper and textiles, lighting to technology, will be on show, spilling out into the museum’s gardens with a display of innovative garden furniture design. As well as highlighting local design from Hackney and London, the show will look further afield and include work by leading national and international designers.
The Geffrye Museum has a strong track record in spotting and showcasing the most exciting makers and domestic style trends today. The exhibition coincides with the museum’s centenary year and celebrates one of its original purposes - to inspire the local furniture-making industry.
A programme of events highlighting contemporary domestic design will run throughout the show, including talks by the curator and featured designers, a debate on the future of design, workshops and activities for children.

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Martino Gamper: design is a state of mind

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Until 21 April 2014

design is a state of mind will present a landscape of shelving systems, telling the story of design objects and their impact on our lives. This is the second major design exhibition staged by the Serpentine, following Design Real curated by Konstantin Grcic in 2009.
Martino Gamper said: “There is no perfect design and there is no über-design. Objects talk to us personally. Some might be more functional than others, and the emotional attachment is very individual. This exhibition will showcase a very personal way of collecting and gathering objects – these are pieces that tell a tale.”
An extensive display of shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day will form the backbone of the exhibition. Ranging from historic design classics and one-off pieces, to industrial, utilitarian, contemporary and newly commissioned work, the exhibition will include designs by Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Ercol, Gio Ponti and IKEA.

Each display system will also be used to organise and exhibit collections of objects curated from the personal archives of Gamper’s friends and colleagues as well as an extensive library of contemporary furniture manufacturing catalogues from around the world. Among the designers whose collections will be displayed are: Oiva Toikka; Enzo Mari; Paul Neale; Max Lamb; Jane Dillon; Michael Marriott; Sebastian Bergne; Gemma Holt; Fabien Cappello; Adam Hills; Michael Anastassiades; Andrew McDonagh & Andreas Schmidt, Jerszy Seymour and Martino Gamper himself.

design is a state of mind runs concurrently with an expansive exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery by American artist Haim Steinbach, which will include key works from throughout his impressive forty year career. Furthering the Serpentine’s commitment to contemporary design, both exhibitions highlight objects that have made a significant impact on our lives and offer new perspectives on material culture.

Working across design and art venues, Martino Gamper engages in a variety of projects from exhibition design, interior design, specialist of one-off commissions and the design of mass-produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry. Gamper has worked in the public realm, with designs for London’s Design Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; Wellcome Trust; Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco; Frieze Art Fair, London. Commissions include the design of public street furniture for Park-to-Park, London in collaboration with LTGDC, Genève and a chair called Vigna for Magis, Italy. He was the recipient of the Moroso Award for Contemporary Art, 2011 and Wallpaper Award for Best Use of Colour, 2011.

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Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat.

Serpentine Gallery

Until 21 April 2014

The show includes key works from his forty year career, during which he has re-defined the status of the object in art. On display will be major new works, reconfigured historical installations and a number of grid-based paintings from the early 1970s.
Up until the mid-1970s, Steinbach explored minimalism’s limitations through painting calculated placements of coloured bars around monochrome squares. He then abandoned painting to create work using the material linoleum, made to resemble a diverse range of historical floor designs. By the late 1970s, Steinbach had begun to investigate spatial questions, honing in on the daily rituals of collecting and arranging objects.
Steinbach's interest in the fundamental human practice of collecting is explored through his placing of objects from a variety of contexts on shelving units, which range from handmade constructions to modular building systems. For this exhibition Steinbach has also invited the public to participate by presenting their salt and pepper shakers in the exhibition, forming a new work for the exhibition. Each with their own history and story, the salt and pepper shakers carry meaning from a former context and, through their display, the connection between the private and the public sphere is made.
The Serpentine has also invited curators from a range of private and public institutions – including the Zabludowicz Collection and the V&A Museum of Childhood in London and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery – to select works from their collections to be incorporated in the exhibition. Through juxtaposing paintings, sculpture, artefacts and children’s playthings, Steinbach uncovers alternative meanings inherent in the objects, while subverting traditional notions of display and hierarchy.
A ground-breaking presentation of design, curated by influential London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper, runs concurrently at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Furthering the Serpentine’s commitment to contemporary design – following Konstantin Grcic’s Design Real in 2009– both exhibitions highlight objects that have made a significant impact on our lives and offer new perspectives on material culture.
once again the world is flat. is programmed in collaboration with New York’s CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art and the Kunsthalle Zürich. Following the Serpentine presentation the exhibition will travel to Zürich, where it will be transfigured once again.
Haim Steinbach was born in 1944 in Rehovot, Israel, and has lived in New York since 1957. Following his historic exhibition at Artists Space in 1979, Steinbach has exhibited internationally at institutions including Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; CAPC musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux and Haus der Kunst, Munich. His work was included in Documenta IX and the Sydney Biennale in 1992, the 1993 and 1997 Venice Biennales, the 2000 Biennale de Lyon, and La Triennale, Paris 2012.


In the Making

Design Museum

22 January 2014 – 04 May 2014


The secret life of cricket bats, felt hats, shoes, boots, marbles, light bulbs, whistles, pencils, coins, horns, lenses and Olympic torches.
In The Making, curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, captures twenty four objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Varying from the £2 coin to a cricket bat, a surprising range of objects have been chosen by founders of design studio Barber & Osgerby, to be exhibited in an incomplete state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.
The show gives a glimpse of the designers’ ongoing dialogue with the manufacturing process. This perspective is distinctive to their practice: throughout their careers, Edward and Jay have had a curiosity about the way things are made.
‘We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product. There is also the chance people will come in and say 'What a load of old crap.' Jay Osgerby.
These partially made objects give an insight into the design thinking that has driven this duo to such acclaimed success, including designing the London 2012 Olympic Torch, which went on to be awarded the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2012. Their multidisciplinary approach challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined

Royal Academy

25 January — 6 April 2014

Seven architectural practices from six countries and four continents. 23,000 square feet. 72 days. One monumental exhibition.

Some of the most creative architectural minds from around the world have come to the RA to give you a new perspective on architecture and transform our Main Galleries with a series of large scale installations.
As you respond to different structures, textures, lighting, scents and colours, we invite you to consider some of the big questions about the nature of architecture; how do spaces make us feel? What does architecture do for our lives?
You are as much a part of this exhibition as the work itself – invited to touch, climb, walk, talk, sit, contemplate - reimagine the world around you.


Takumi Japan

G4, Ely's Yard | The Old Trueman Brewery

Thursday 13th February – Tuesday 18th February 2014 | 10am - 6pm

Takumi means artisan. Takumi means skills. Takumi means art and nature.

JAPAN AT UK LIMITED is presenting a variety of Japanese products which are traditional and sophisticated in design.
They are the leading designs in their genre, each with their own unique history and character.
Exhibits will include wooden bags, pottery, glassware, textile and bamboo spectacles, and all share the concept of TAKUMI.


Craft into Industry

Contemporary Applied Arts

-possible dialogues between makers and manufacturers
A CAA exhibition curated by Sue Pryke and Brian Kennedy.

As Contemporary Applied Arts moves into a new chapter in its history it is keen to develop new opportunities for its membership outside of the gallery in London. This exhibition in partnership with British Ceramics Biennial will offer CAA members the chance not only to have their work viewed at the 2013 Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent but also at the CAA London Gallery where the exhibition will be part of the 2014 Exhibition programme.
The exhibition examines the possible relationship between British Studio practice and the ceramics industry. CAA has worked with homeware design consultant Sue Pryke and curator Brian Kennedy on the curation of this exhibition. Sue and Brian were keen to not only look at ceramicists for this exhibition but to explore and present makers from a wide range of disciplines as they strongly feel that there are many partnership possibilities between studio practitioners and the British ceramics industry.
The exhibition will be broken into 4 separate areas of focus:
Each area will offer the audience a distinct view of where the curators feel that studio makers could engage in clear and viable partnerships with manufacturers. The first 3 sections will look at 3 separate approaches to this possible partnership.

Over a lifetime makers develop individual and specific attitudes to shape and form. These nuanced languages offer sophisticated starting points to be explored through industrial partnerships.

A line of thread across a piece of fabric, a brush mark across a sheet of paper, repeated actions over a lifetime of creation offers a myriad of possibilities for decorative solutions to the objects we use every day.

A lifetime of research through making leads to specific insights into materials and technique. A colour mixed, a glaze mastered, a handle pulled, a clay controlled, a depth of knowledge, a living resource.

A pot thrown, a glass blown, a bowl turned a vessel forged, all coming together on the landscape that is our table. This combination of different materials and objects made and selected with care can enhance our lives and make the eating of meals a fuller and more rewarding experience.



21 September 2013 - 19 January 2014
Victoria & Albert Museum
Pearls are a worldwide phenomenon going back millennia. Fascination for these jewels of the sea transcends time and borders. Natural pearls have always been objects of desire due to their rarity and beauty. Myths and legends surrounded them, chiefly to explain the mystery of their formation. Goldsmiths, jewellers and painters exploited their symbolic associations, which ranged from seductiveness to purity, from harbingers of good luck in marriage to messengers of mourning. read more

limewharf hosts adhocracy:

exhibition explores how new methods of production are stimulating a "cultural revolution"

curated by joseph grima, adapted by thomas ermacora for limewharf
the exhibition runs until wednesday 6th november 2013.
hours: tuesday – friday 11am – 6pm.
curated by joseph grima, and adapted for london by thomas ermacora, adhocracy is a tour de force in speculative thinking about our future, positioning open design and distributed manufacturing as new engines for unprecedented networks of creation and problem-solving around the world. the exhibition brings together an international group of pioneers representing the avant garde of digital fabrication ecologies that respond to epochal changes around us—indeed, questioning the very definition of design. read more


Spaces In Between, Curated by Aldo Bakker

Gallery Libby Sellers

15 October - 14 December, 2013



BBC Four

Fabric of Britain

On iPlayer

Episode1: Knitting's Golden Age

Episode2: The Story of Wallpaper

Episode3: The Wonder of Embroidery

Sound Matters: Exploring Sound Through Forms

Max Eastley, Keith Harrison, Cathy Lane, Owl Project, Scanner & Ismini Samanidou, Studio Weave, Dominic Wilcox & Yuri Suzuki

Stanley Picker Gallery

2 Oct - 23 Nov 2013

Launch Event: 6-8.30pm Wednesday 2 October All Welcome


Sound Matters considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices can collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality.
The makers and artists represented in this exhibition demonstrate how an engagement with sound also implicates an engagement with matter. Drawn from across creative disciplines, each work is indicative of a different approach: looking to traditional craft heritage and processes such as weaving and woodturning to create new sound forms, playing with shared technologies and language and revealing the sounds of materials. With its equal emphasis on sound and form,
Sound Matters offers a new and multi-sensory engagement with craft, with each work demanding to be heard as well as seen. With works of varying scale and volume, it is as important to listen as to look to fully experience the show.

Sound Matters is produced by the Crafts Council with David Toop, Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts, London as curatorial advisor, and with exhibition design by Faudet-Harrison, Lecturers at Kingston University.

Visit the Sound Matters micro-site for more information, images and sound files.

London Design Festival

Qiu Zhijie, I used to have seventy-two forms, Installation view, courtesy of the artist


Negotiating Histories: Traditions in modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific Art

Tate Modern, Auditorium
Monday 21 October 2013, 10.1517.00
Booking required

This symposium addresses issues around traditions in modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art, focusing on how art history is legitimised and/or negotiated in artistic practice and its discourse.

Presentations include scholarly papers, artist talks and artwork screenings. Bringing a wide range of cultural, historical and academic perspectives, the array of international speakers includes Kenji Kajiya, Birgit Hopfener, Wang Chunchen, Ann Adachi, Jung-Ah Woo, Yuko Kikuchi, Nixi Cura, Adele Tan, Carol Lu, Paul Gladston, Koki Tanaka and Ming Tiampo.
For enquiries or to book your free place, please email

Mark Miodownik
How It Works series on BBC4

The secret alchemy of material science revealed - how we transform materials, and materials transform the world

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at Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH


6 June 2013 - 1 September 2013

Damián Ortega


The Freud Museum comes together with the University College London´s Gashaka Primate Project to present Apestraction - a solo exhibition of works by Mexican artist Damián Ortega. more info

Freud Museum London

20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX

Opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12.00 - 17.00


Sculptural Ceramics

21st June - 7th September 2013
Pangolin London
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG

This summer, Pangolin London is delighted to announce Sculptural Ceramics, a selling exhibition that explores the dialogue between two traditionally segregated media. The exhibition will be presented in a dynamic new format of two-weekly focus exhibitions of work by Merete Rasmussen, Christie Brown, Halima Cassell and Jason Wason along with a permanent group show from a variety of contemporary artists exploring these boundaries.

Marsden Woo Gallery
9 May to 15 June 2013

main gallery
static field (top)

project space


Last chance to visit...

Craftica by Formafantasma

Gallery Libby Sellers / until 28 February
41-42 Berners Street, London W1T 3NB
Gallery Libby Sellers presents the London-debut of Formafantasma's Craftica series. Initially conceived in collaboration with luxury goods house Fendi for Design Miami/Basel 2012, Craftica is a visual and tactile investigation into the diversity and origins of leather through a collection of handmade stools, lights, vessels and tools.

As Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi, the Italian-born duo behind Formafantasma, have said, "the design is driven by the symbolic connotations of leather, a material that, more than any other, represents the complex relationship between humans and nature. Leather has the ability to evoke almost ancestral memories of when nature was hunted to produce food, tools and protection for the body. Searching underneath and above the sea, from the vegetal to the animal world, the installation offers a holistic view on leather as a material."

In creating the series, Formafantasma merged their own willful primitivism with Fendi's time-honoured craftsmanship and rich material resources. Alongside traditional leathers, the works have been made from vegetal dried fish skins (sourced from a food factory in Iceland), oxidized metal, glass, wood and other natural materials such as bones, shells and cow bladders. The resulting effect is a tactile, pre-industrial and glamorous range that Silvia Fendi has described as "experimentation at its best". To complement their material investigations, Formafantasma invited Francesco Zorzi to create a series of witty illustrations on parchment that show a picaresque history of leather's historical usages.

Formafantasma were listed by Alice Rawsthorn, design critic for the International Herald Tribune, and Paola Antonelli, senior design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as one of twenty designers who will influence design in the next decade. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, MUDAC and the Vitra Design Museum. They are represented by Gallery Libby Sellers and all works are available for sale exclusively through the gallery. Their Botanica, Colony and Moulding Tradition collections will also be exhibited during this period.

Head to Toe / The launch of Craft Central's New Galleries
Craft Central / 18-28 February

33-35 St John’s Square, EC1M 4DS

Craft Central celebrates the launch of their new galleries this February. The inaugural exhibition, Head to Toe will showcase contemporary millinery and shoe design from a selection of 20 designers. Milliners include Stephen Jones, Noel Stewart, House of Flora and Emma Yeo and shoes from Marloes ten Bhömer, Tracey Neuls and London College of Fashion Cordwainers.



FRIDAY LATE: The Secret Life of Furniture

Friday 22 February

Explore what lies beneath in an evening of furniture design, making and memory. Craft your own objects, watch makers in action, enjoy site-specific installations, guest DJs and much more.
All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event
In the Workshop: From Baroque to Bauhaus and beyond
Grand Entrance
18.30 – 22.00
Matt Parker will DJ next to a live VJ set from Ms Supongo from the OTSR Sessions, including sounds and images of furniture design studios along with light hearted tunes to get your heads nodding.

Sackler Centre Reception
18.30 – 22.00
DJ set from Capac – an electronic trio blending progressive harmony and ambient textures around precise beat programming.

Tall Tales
Grand Entrance (Lift B) & Ceramics, Rooms 136-139
18.30 – 21.45
Storytellers bring furniture to life through a series of surprise performances that wend their way towards the uppermost heights of the Museum.

Collective Paper Aesthetics
Grand Entrance
18.30 – 22.00
Watch furniture become architecture through a repeating installation of cardboard stools by Rotterdam-based designer Noa Haim.
Kindly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Open planning of course – and a bold use of colour
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50a
18.30 – 22.00
Using household appliances as tools, RCA graduates Tom McCaughan and Margaux Soland pursue progress and find new ways of living in an installation of animated yet functionless furniture.

The Moment
Ceramics, Rooms 136-139
18.30 – 21.45
Designer Pascal Anson suspends a moment in time with this interactive installation, transforming seemingly ordinary wooden chairs into an extraordinary experience.

The Analogia Project
Entrance to Furniture, Room 133
18.30 – 21.45
Chance upon a drawing in the air that traces the fine line between abstract thought and concrete reality. Andrea Mancuso and Emilia Serra of The Analogia Project explore the materialisation of the imaginary using the simplest of materials – wood and string.

The Carpenter’s Cap
Bottom of NAL staircase, Room 25
18.30 – 21.30
‘The grand distinguishing mark of a fine carpenter is the wearing of a paper cap.’ Keep the sawdust and paint out of your hair by making your own with V&A Conservator Chris Gingell.

Makeshift Moderns
Sackler Centre Art Studio
18.30 – 21.30
Take home your own hand-crafted chair in this workshop run by design duo Silo Studio, who adapt industrial materials and processes into a simpler, craft-based approach. Design and make packing material furniture in the manner of Gerrit Rietveld, Enzo Mari and Tord Boontje.

Elastic Plastic
Sackler Centre Reception
18.30 – 21.30
Demonstrating a new manufacturing process for furniture making, London-based collective The Polyfloss Factory transforms waste plastic into upholstery with a process inspired by a candy floss machine.

Made in Brunel Pop-up House
Sackler Centre Design Studio
18.30 – 21.30
Enter an alternate reality in this house of homemade design. Student organisation Made in Brunel re-think furniture through repair and personalisation.

Working with Wood
Exhibition Road entrance & Sackler Centre
18.30 – 21.30
In pop-up demonstrations around the Museum, staff, makers and students from The Building Crafts College show how joints are made and drawers inlaid.

Irish Folk Furniture
National Art Library
18.30 – 21.30
Introductions at 19.00, 20.00 & 21.00
Final screening followed by Q&A at 21.15
Fresh from winning the best animated short category at the Sundance Film Festival, director Tony Donoghue introduces a series of screenings of his charming film set in County Tipperary, Ireland.
Please note: coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom on the ground floor.

Furniture on Film
18.30 – 22.00
Furniture is the star in a series of films and shorts enticing you through the Museum and up to the Furniture Gallery. Alex Walker’s trail map shows you the route, with selected films ranging from Jan Svankmajer’s The Flat (1968), to El Hotel Electrico (1908) and the Hussein Chalayan A/W show (2000).

Future Furniture
Hochhauser Auditorium
20.00 – 21.00
Mark Adams of Vitsoe, Roberto Feo of El Ultimo Grito, designer Benjamin Hubert, writer and critic Justin McGuirk and RCA tutor Dr Sarah Teasley discuss the future of furniture design, making and consumption with V&A curator Jana Scholze.

Top Trumps
Furniture, Rooms 133-135
18.30 – 21.45
Drop in throughout the evening as designers, curators, conservators and photographers talk about their favourite piece from the collections. Featuring short talks by Olivier Mourgue, Terence Woodgate, Tomoko Azumi, Fredrikson Stallard and many more. Alex Walker’s speciallycommissioned programme can be collected from Grand Entrance, Exhibition Road or the Furniture Gallery.

Institute of Making The Grand Public Opening

Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, WC1E 7JE. Map
Time: 1-5pm (drop in at any point)
Date: Saturday 16 March

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The Institute of Making invites you to explore our new MakeSpace and Materials Library at UCL on Saturday 16 March, between 1-5pm.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the wonders of the collection, get down and dirty in the workshop, and share in the celebrations.

Design Culture Salon at V&A

Tue 30 October 2012 – Tue 30 April 2013


Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre

CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS EVENT: Listen to discussions about contemporary design issues. Academics, critics and practitioners will open up the debate in an informal atmosphere, chaired by Guy Julier, Principal Research Fellow, Contemporary Design at University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum.

Free, booking essential, includes drink

Tuesday 29 January - Is ‘making stuff’ back on the agenda?

After decades of talk of ‘deindustrialization’ and the rise of service industries, it seems that manufacture and making are back in fashion. Politicians, TV producers and curators want to talk about stuff again. Why might this be so? Is there really a renaissance of materiality? How is this influencing design practice and the dynamics of consumption?

Glenn Adamson (V&A)
Jocelyn Bailey (Policy Connect)
Daniel Charny (From Now On)
Nick Gant (Inheritable Futures Laboratory/University of Brighton)
Katie Hill (Sheffield Hallam University)

Tuesday 26 February - Design activism: how does it change things?

Climate change, resource scarcity, economic crisis and struggles for social justice have given rise to new movements in design that seek more than creative and commercial fulfilment. What models of design practice support this? How might design work with other activist practices? What role do universities and museums have? How can it work with marginality?

Jody Boenhert (EcoLabs)
Noel Douglas (Occupy Design)
Jonathan Chapman (University of Brighton)
Paul Mickelthwaite (Kingston University)

Tuesday 26 March - How does design function in a recession?

These are tough times for all creative fields. Some practitioners baton down. Others see the economic slowdown as an opportunity to rethink what they do. Can design really re-invent itself or will it be ‘business as usual’? How might scarcity impact on design culture? What can be done with all those unemployed designers? How does a recession impact on public practices?

Irena Bauman (Bauman Lyons Architects)
Jeremy Till (Central St Martins)
Bianca Eizenbaumer (Brave New Alps)
Nick Gant (BoBo Design/University of Brighton)
Nat Hunter (Royal Society of Arts)
Louis Moreno (University College London)

Tuesday 30 April - How does design produce new publics?

If, according to Bourdieu, designers are ‘cultural intermediaries’ who undertake ‘needs production’, how are these linked? How might designers create new social practices? Is this merely a commercial strategy (as in ‘brand communities’)? What role does open design or co-creation have in this process? How does the material function in such a process?

Adam Drazin (University College London)
Lorraine Gamman and Adam Thorpe (Central St Martins)
Joe Harrington (Innovation Unit)
Noortje Marres (Goldsmiths)
Jana Scholze (V&A)


'Mark-ing' by the British Council and E&Y co., ltd

LIbby Sellers

10 - 25January 2013
Conceived by Tsuyoshi Matsuzawa and co-curated with Max Fraser, 'Mark-ing' explores the subtle differences and parallels between British and Japanese culture through the work of 16 designers (8 from the UK, 8 from Japan) all born within two decades of each other. Works by these contemporary designers are displayed alongside 'Fragments', or inspirational mascots, that have influenced their respective careers: a set of plastic bottles, a fragment of hair, a mound of Cornish sand. As the British Council explains, "through these objects the show highlights social, educational and cultural differences and shared ideas while also examining the global relationships that connect contemporary designers across the world."

Royal College of Art work-in-progress shows

  • 15–20 January 2013: School of Material Work-in-Progress Show
Students from the programmes of Ceramics & Glass, Fashion Menswear, Fashion Womenswear, Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, and Textiles exhibit their work in progress.
  • 21–27 January 2013: Research RCA Biennial
The 2013 RCA Research Biennial exhibition will provide a rare glimpse into the work of 30 research students from across the College programmes. The exhibition is curated around the theme of disruption, participants were asked to directly respond to this concept by either producing new work, or by imaginatively connecting their research to the subject. A programme of events will accompany the exhibition. For further information please visit:
  • 23–27 January 2013: School of Communication Work-in-Progress Show
Students from the programmes of Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication exhibit their work in progress.
  • 30 January – 3 February 2013: School of Design Work-in-Progress Show
Students from the programmes of Design Products, Design Interactions, Innovation Design Engineering, Service Design and Vehicle Design exhibit their work in progress.
  • 6–10 February 2013: School of Fine Art Work-in-Progress Show
Students from the School of Fine Art will show their work in progress across the two RCA sites. Will include work from the programmes of Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture

V & A

Meet the Ceramics resident artist: Keith Harrison

Visit on 9, 19 and 23 January. 1–4 pm. Ceramics gallery, level 6.


International Art Jewellery Exhibition
Gallery SO

07.12.2012 — 27.01.2013
Opening Thursday 6 December, 6-9pm

To coincide with the Design Museum's survey show Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, GALLERY S O London presents Chamber of Wonder.


Beautiful Objects

at Aram Gallery

22nd November 2012 - 12th January 2013
The Aram Gallery’s first exhibition on jewellery.

Rosa Nguyen at Flow Gallery

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Vanguard Court Open Studios (around the corner from the College)

PV Thursday 29 November
Friday 30 November - Sunday 2 December

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Camden Arts Centre

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG

Café Curio: Simon Martin and Martino Gamper

Wednesday 14 November, 7.00 - 8.00pm
Simon Martin introduces a special screening of his films, Louis Ghost Chair (2011) and Carlton (2006) followed by an informal discussion with designer Martino Gamper.

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation invites you to
Artist talk: My Primal Memory
By Nao Matsunaga and Abraham Thomas

13 November 20126:00 – 7:30pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:00pm
The event is free, but booking is essential

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© Nao Matsunaga and Marsden Woo Gallery, London

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle
London, NW1 4QP
Nearest Station: Baker Street MAP

Exhibition continues till 13 December

This talk will be given by the artist of My Primal Memory, Nao Matsunaga, and Abraham Thomas, Curator of Designs and Lead Curator for Architecture at the V&A Museum.
In the exhibition My Primal Memory, Nao Matsunaga responds to his ideas and experiences of dual cultural and national identity, reflecting on his formative years growing up in Japan, and the latter part of his childhood in England. Matsunaga cites Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi as an inspiration, as he dealt with similar tensions in his lifetime. Matsunaga explains ‘I feel I have a somewhat romantic view of Japan and its culture – it is a place I know from childhood and from holidays, so it holds a sense of nostalgia to me… I think this will be a starting point for further investigations into my identity.’ By creating work using primal materials and tools, he connects on an emotional level with cultures from eras passed, and shows that there are certain constants in human behaviour that have not, and will not change.
Although this is a deeply personal investigation, his work references ancient universal themes concerning the human condition. With a sense of longing for a solid identity, Matsunaga attempts to find his way through the two cultures that make up his personality, taking advantage of both and responding to subconscious, primal drives, in order to find a unifying whole.

Nao Matsunaga was born in Osaka in 1980, graduating with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art (2005–7) and he has exhibited internationally ever since. He has been presented with various awards and scholarships, such as the Jerwood Makers Open 2012, Cove Park Residency, the Anglo-Sweden Society Bursary and the Leverhume Trust’s grant. His works are in the public collection of the Crafts Council. Matsunaga is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
Abraham Thomas is Curator of Designs and Lead Curator for Architecture at the V&A. He is the curator of the recent V&A exhibition, Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary. He also curated 1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces (2010), an exhibition which involved commissioning seven international architects to build full-scale structures of retreat and refuge in various spaces around the V&A. He is currently writing a book on the V&A's collection of fashion drawings and photography (forthcoming, 2014.)
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Giuseppe Penone: Spazio di Luce

4 September 2012 - August 2013

Whitechapel Gallery


Also at Gagosian Gallery (Davies Street) ...

Giuseppe Penone

Intersecting Gaze / Sguardo Incrociato

October 9 - November 24, 2012




Added Value?

An exhibition by Crafts Council
20-23 September 2012

The Sorting Office
21-31 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1BA
Visit designjunction's website
Times: 10am - 7pm: Thurs, 10am - 6pm: Fri & Sat, 10am - 5pm: Sun
Tickets: Register in advance for free entry

Book tickets

20-23 September 2012
Old Truman Brewery London E1

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Jerwood Makers Open
11 July - 26 August 2012

Lecture: The Importance of Stuff with Professor Mark Miodownik.

23 July 2012, 6.30 – 7.30pm

This talk introduces the Institute of Making, a research club for those interested in a multidisciplinary approach to the made world. From makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities. Hear about a selection of the club’s latest research projects, including its work on the taste of materials.
Mark Miodownik is the Director of theInstitute of Making. He is an engineer and materials scientist and the Professor of Materials and Society at UCL. In 2010 Miodownik was included in The Times’ Top 100 Most Important People in British Science.
All events are FREE but booking for this event is essential. For more information or to book a place please email:
Further Information about Jerwood Makers Open 2012.

Out of Architecture

at Arup's Phase 2 exhibition space
8 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BJ
25 June – 31 August 2012, at Arup's
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm (and by appointment)
Admission free

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This exhibition celebrates the groundbreaking design for St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (1902-71). Jacobsen created a fully integrated design that was not only architectural, but also incorporating furnishings, fixtures and cutlery, a selection of which are showcased here.
Leading Danish manufacturers of the day including Vola A/S, Louis Poulsen and Fritz Hansen all contributed to Jacobsen’s vision of modern living and Ove Arup (1895-1988) acted as consulting engineer.
Curated and designed by Friend and Company Architects, this is part of the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012 .

Henry Moore

Late Large Forms

May 31 - August 18, 2012

Gagosian Gallery
6-24 Britannia Street
London WC1X 9JD


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

1 June - 14 October 2012


David Nash at Kew Gardens

Saturday 9 June 2012 - Sunday 14 April 2013

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Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican

3 May 2012 - 12 August 2012
Barbican Art Gallery

Doris Salcedo at White Cube Mason's Yard

25 May – 30 June 2012


Artist's Open House at Julian Stair's studio in East Dulwich


Richard Slee

Camp Futility

at Studio Voltaire


Camp Futility

25 April – 26 May 2012
Wednesday ­– Saturday, 12 – 6pm

Tuesday 24 April 2012, 7 – 9pm

Studio Voltaire presents a new commission by Richard Slee, comprising of a series of objects and installations made specifically for the exhibition. Slee is an important figure within contemporary ceramics and the exhibition will be his first presentation in a public gallery since From Utility to Futility, a solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010.

Central to Slee’s exhibition at Studio Voltaire are a number of works based on vernacular objects such as wood saws, hammers, pick axes and camping equipment. Inspired by a recent residency at Alfred University, in upstate New York, the works investigate particular myths and the symbolism of our ideas of America such as the great outdoors and the pioneer spirit. Lashed together workbenches that refer to old mining equipment, various scattered tools and an abandoned camp-fire can be read as an allegory to abandoned industries where whole communities move on to find employment elsewhere.

Ideas challenging the economy of productive labour are implicit in Slee’s combination of the hand-made and the found object. The uncanny hybrid of the de-skilled ready-made and the crafted object convey a subversive humourous vision that playfully investigates the limits of the ceramic tradition. Mass produced, everyday objects are meticulously realized with highly glazed, bright colours. These seductive surfaces recall a Pop or post-modern aesthetic that belies the more psychological, underlying cultural references of an object’s utility.

Slee (born 1946, Carlisle) works and lives in London. He studied Ceramics at Central School of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. Until last year, he was a senior Professor at the University of the Arts in London. His work has been shown in London and internationally since the late 1970s and recent exhibitions include Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 – 1990, V&A Museum, London (2011-12), The Peir Arts Centre, Stromness (Solo, 2004) and Tate St Ives (Solo, 2003). Slee is represented by Hales Gallery, London.

Lines of Thought
28 February – 13 May 2012
Parasol Unit

Helene Appel, Hemali Bhuta, James Bishop, Raoul De Keyser, Adrian Esparza, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Jorge Macchi, Nasreen Mohamedi, Fred Sandback, Conrad Shawcross, Anne Truitt, and Richard Tuttle

This exhibition explores the work, selected from the 1960s to today, of fifteen contemporary artists who either use line in creative and challenging ways or in whose finished work line has become a prominent element.

The simple act of extending a point, predominantly by drawing with pen or pencil on paper, has paradoxically made line one of the most powerful forms of artistic expression in the history of mankind, yet over time it has taken on different meanings and uses relative to the era of its creation. Continuous or broken, curved or straight, free-floating or geometric, line can define boundaries, divide surfaces, create light and shade, and be used for communication.

Once considered to be pure and linear, as seen for instance in the works of Minimalist artists Fred Sandback and Anne Truitt in this exhibition, line has in recent years acquired a more complex magnitude and extravagant nature. Fine exemplars of this are the elaborate installations by the younger artists, Hemali Bhuta, Adrian Esparza and Conrad Shawcross.

The Lines of Thought exhibition brings together a number of disparate works that prompt thoughts about how the simplicity of line is the core element of so many and often unpredictable forms of artistic expression.

The Stuff That Matters. Textiles collected by Seth Siegelaub for the CSROT
Raven Row

1 March to 6 May 2012
Raven Row presents the first exhibition of the collection of historic textiles assembled by Seth Siegelaub over the past thirty years for the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles (CSROT). The exhibition will feature over 200 items from a collection currently comprising around 650. It will include woven and printed textiles, embroideries and costume, ranging from fifth-century Coptic to Pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles, late medieval Asian and Islamic textiles, and Renaissance to eighteenth-century European silks and velvets. Barkcloth (tapa) and headdresses from the Pacific region (especially Papua New Guinea) and Africa will also be on display.

Seth Siegelaub was born in the Bronx in 1941. After running his own gallery in New York from 1964 to 1966, he played a pivotal role in the emergence of what became known as Conceptual Art, which resulted in a series of 21 art exhibitions in groundbreaking formats he organised between 1968 and 1971. In 1972 he left the art world and moved to Paris, where he published and collected leftist books on communication and culture and founded the International Mass Media Research Center. In the early eighties he began collecting textiles and books about textiles, and in 1986 founded the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles, which conducts research on the social history of hand-woven textiles. In 1997 he edited and published the Bibliographica Textilia Historiae, the first general bibliography on the history of textiles, which has since grown online to over 9,000 entries.

Textiles in the exhibition will be shown next to excerpts from relevant texts and historic books drawn from the CSROT Library, which shed light on their technological, social and political context and stress how Siegelaub’s bibliographic project underpins the collection of textiles. The history of the buildings housing Raven Row, which in the eighteenth century accommodated two shops selling silk woven in the Spitalfields district, will be addressed in one of the galleries. Decrees and laws shown alongside a selection of banned European silks from the era will reveal how the end of a sixty-year embargo on foreign-spun silks in 1824 led to the collapse of the Spitalfields silk industry.

The exhibition is curated by Sara Martinetti, Alice Motard and Alex Sainsbury, and is designed by 6a architects. The accompanying publication will contain a survey of the rise and fall of the silk industry in Spitalfields, an interview with Seth Siegelaub and an essay on his bibliographic practice as well as a chronology retracing his manifold activities.

Wide Open School at the Hayward Gallery

This summer, for one month only, the Hayward Gallery will transform itself into Wide Open School. An experiment in public learning, Wide Open School will offer a programme devised and fuelled by the imaginations of leading artists from over 40 different countries. Intended as a school for people who love learning but don't necessarily like being taught, Wide Open School will be a place where people of all ages and from all walks of life can explore, alongside artists, different ways of learning about a wide variety of subjects.

Occupying the Hayward's upper galleries and sculpture terraces, Wide Open School will include workshops, projects, seminars, lectures and performances. Extending far beyond the scope and methods of conventional education, much of the programme will actively draw on contributions from participating members of the public. The heart of Wide Open School is the desire to creatan energetic atmosphere for exchanging ideas, so that all participants gain a direct experience of different ways of thinking, questioning and solving problems.
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Ceramic Art London 24-26 February


CAL Events Schedule 2012

Ceramic Art London Timetable 2012, Lecture Theatre1, RCA

Friday 24th February

Carola Zee - Getting started
A case study of the different stages in her career, looking at the importance of networking, publicity, and marketing strategies and exploring the choices and decisions she makes in her work. Carola is a Dutch designer working in Ceramics.
1.30 & 2pm
Take a look behind the scenes: a tour of the Ceramics and Glass department of the Royal College of Art. Meet in the bookshop area in front of the café entrance.
Stephanie Quayle
Her fascination for animal-ness and what it is like to be an animal drives her instinctive making process. Her building is direct and energetic and she is able to bring the clay to life through her animal characters. She will talk through her ideas, materials and making process.

Saturday 25th February

Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar - People Will Always Need Plates
Hannah and Robin founded the company after a number of years working in branding, exhibitions, product design and ceramics. They will talk about how the company was born, and how the influence and application of skills from previous commercial work have allowed them to create a strong independent ceramics brand of their own.
Sandy Brown - A Modern Banquet
Sandy’s next installation, following on from The Still Point which was a contemporary Tea Ceremony, is A Modern Banquet, in which she is making and designing the objects.
Rob Kesseler - Molecular morsels and micro-botanics, the secret life of plates and banqueting en pleine air.
Rob’s work revels in our passions for all things botanical and the desire to celebrate this on the artefacts that inhabit our homes. Mixing art and science he creates elaborate porcelain and china collections that become the agent for unexpected experiences and social interaction.
Dylan Bowen - ‘Trailing, pouring, brushing’
Dylan will demonstrate his ability to capture the spontaneity of working with slip on thrown and altered, and handbuilt works. Talk and Demonstration.

Sunday 26th February

Steve Brown - An Integrated Practice
Steve Brown will demonstrate a number of methods that illustrate his imaginative approach to surface treatments, combining imagery, and printing with ceramic materials on to clay forms.
Katie Bunnell
A ceramic designer-maker with a particular interest in digital technologies and the creative opportunities they raise. Katie’s practice has involved her in designing and making tableware as a sole trader, and consultancy work for Liberty, Fitch RS, Royal Doulton and Poole Pottery.

Admission to the Events Programme is FREE and no booking will be required.

The Organisers reserve the right to change the advertised Events Programme at any time.

Song Dong

Waste Not

The Curve
Barbican Art Centre
This is the first major exhibition in the UK by the Chinese artist, Song Dong. A poignant meditation on family life and the artist’s own childhood during the Cultural Revolution, the installation comprises over 10,000 items collected by Song Dong’s mother, Zhao Xiangyuan, over five decades - ranging from a section of the family home, to metal pots and plastic bowls to blankets, bottle caps, toothpaste tubes and toys. The activity of saving and re-using things is in keeping with the Chinese adage wu jin qi yong – ‘waste not’ – a prerequisite for survival during periods of social and political turmoil.

Song Dong is known for his conceptual and often very personal performances and installations. For his London exhibition, Song Dong has developed a new iteration of Waste Not. First conceived in 2005, it remains of the utmost significance to the artist. Unexpectedly and tragically Zhao Xiangyuan died in an accident in 2009. Each time Song Dong remakes the work, assisted by his sister, Song Hui, and his wife Yin Xiuzhen, the entire family is brought together again. Memories are rekindled and personal family objects are rediscovered, bringing powerful emotions to the fore.

Ultimately, Waste Not speaks of the strong bonds between family members and the power of objects to tell stories and shape our lives.

The installation invites you to intimately relate to their extraordinary life story.

Designs of the Year at the Design Museum

8 February - 15 July 2012


ALISON BRITTON Standing and Running

at Marsden Woo

16 February to 17 March 2012


Solo exhibition of dynamic new ceramic vessels by the influential artist Alison Britton

Marsden Woo Gallery is pleased to present a brand new body of work by the distinctive and
influential ceramic artist Alison Britton.
Here Britton explores her ongoing fascination with the dualities of disjunction and flow. She has
created two series of pots, one in her usual buff clay, and the other in red clay. Both are decorated
with poured slip and glaze, which allows her to ‘play with the definite and indefinite’, and
incorporates the risk of a fluid liquidity into her work.

Britton’s forms will be vertical, jar-like, and still include the addition of spouts, pipes and handles;
flatter oval forms will also provide a different set of possibilities for the runs of slip or glaze. She
explains ‘the forms may be echoes of each other in sort of pairs.’ But, she points out, ‘all tendencies
for that to end up looking like a chess set will be overcome’ through her expressive, understated and
unpredictable surfaces.

Alison Britton (b.1948) is one of the most important figures in British ceramics, being part of the generation that
revolutionised this niche of the art world in the 1970s. She studied at the central school of Art and Design and
the Royal College of Art, and is highly regarded as a writer, curator and lecturer, as well as a ceramicist. Her
work has been exhibited internationally, and can be seen in major public and private collections worldwide,
including the V&A, London, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Australian National Gallery, Canberra,
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. She was awarded an OBE in
1990 for her services to the applied arts, and is a senior tutor at the RCA.

Felicity Powell - Charmed Life: The solace of objects

06 October 2011 - 26 February 2012

Wellcome Collection


Anselm Kiefer

Il Mistero delle Cattedrali

9 December 2011 – 26 February 2012

White Cube, Bermondsey

You are invited to the Private View of Formed thoughts

at Jerwood Space

171 Union Street, SE1 0LN
17 January 2011
6.30 - 8.30pm

An exhibition exploring the fundamental collaboration between maker and material in the forming of concepts and works. Featuring

work by:
Phoebe Cummings
Tracey Rowledge

Curated by Clare Twomey
JVA at Jerwood Space

171 Union Street, SE1 0LN

RSVP: E: | T: 01372 462190

View this invitation as web page

15th - 24th December 2011
The Contemporary London Pop Up Shop
12 St Albans Grove, Kensington, London W8 5PN
(MADM alumni Julia Bailey is exhibiting)
Julia Bailey Strangers

New exhibition at the Design Museum


Talk: Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK By exhibition curator Lesley Millar
Tuesday, 6 December 2011Talk at 4pmfollowed by a drinks reception to 6pmAdmission free, book here
Daiwa Foundation Japan House13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer CircleLondon NW1 4QP, **MAP**
Nearest Station: Baker Street

Professor Lesley Millar, curator of Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK, will discuss the projects in which she and the artists in the exhibition have collaborated. These projects range from monumental installations to intimate one to one working relationships, always with textiles at their heart. The talk will describe both professional and personal milestones encountered in the building of this network of creative exchanges which are celebrated in Bite-Size.

The Festival of Materials & Making at the Institute of Making

The Festival of Materials & Making kicked off today. If you haven't already taken a look at our schedule of activities, take a look at it online now , or download a festival programme here . You can also come visit us at The Shed - located in the King's building on the Strand campus of King's College London (in front of the Great Hall). We've got some of our Materials Library collection on hand, and you can pick up a programme to organise your week. Or you can just come and say, "hi".
We look forward to seeing you at our celebration of materials and making, through to 11th November

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Milton Gallery St Paul's school
Londsdale Road London SW13 9JT
Private View Wednesday16th Nov 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday 17Nov - Friday 2 Dec 9am -5pm weekdays

020 8746 5428
Cavaliero Finn Open House
268 Croxted Road
London SE24 9DA
Private View Friday 18th 6-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 19th &20th Nov 10:30am-6:00pm

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Midcentury Modern
Sunday 20 November 2011
Dulwich College
London SE21 7LD

Entrance £7 on the day / £6 e-ticket in advance
Closing date for e-tickets 11/11/11
Early entry for trade 9am (£9)
Children under 14 free
The mother of all destinations for 20C design classics and modern collectables,
media-backed by Elle Decoration and a Time Out top London attraction.
Midcentury Modern has fast established itself as the number one destination for sourcing the antiques of the future without the huge retail mark-up. Designed as
an unpretentious one stop shop for busy people who love collecting beautiful pieces for their homes, you can find everything for the eclectic home at this much-loved one day show from an original Eames rocker to a contemporary ceramic from a hot young British designer. Do a walkabout amongst some of Britain’s top mid-century dealers
in Scandinavian, European and American mid-century furniture and decorative arts. Then head for the coolest wares from British designers including furniture supremo Chris Eckersley and top ceramicist Sophie Cook. Source the latest wallpaper, ceramics, fabrics and brilliantly innovative gifts. But it doesn't stop there. Collectors
on the hunt for specialist ceramics, fabrics, art and glass can take a walk to the
South Cloister, Lower Hall and North Cloister where 40 more dealers are situated.
Set in the light and bright 60’s concrete and glass Christison-designed refectory and the North and South Cloisters at Dulwich College. Situated on the A205 South Circular near College Rd, SE21 7LD. Nearest train – West Dulwich (trains leave Victoria BR and take approximately 10 minutes). 5 minute walk to the college. Other local galleries and museums include The Horniman and The Dulwich Picture Gallery. Refreshments on site. Car parking with college boys showing visitors to spaces.
Parking also available around the outside of the college.

Gallery Libby Sellers
Granmateria II

13 October – 7 Decembr 2011
35d8277d747a172e-news-article-template.jpgFabien Cappello  Formafantasma  Simon Hasan  Stuart Haygarth Nicolas Le Moigne  Nina Tolstrup Bringing together some of Europe’s most progressive designers, Grandmateria II is the next chapter in a story that began in 2007 with the gallery’s first exhibition. The title alludes to the mythologies of the Philosopher's stone: a stone said to have alchemist powers to transmute lead into gold. By working with modest materials, using materials out of context, or by layering the materials with rich narrative each of the represented designers elevate the ordinary to extraordinary effect. Similar to its precursor, Grandmateria II highlights design’s ongoing ability to transform preconceptions of the everyday. The choice of materials – pallet wood, local brick, found pine, tail lights from industrial vehicles, boiled leather, fibre cement, ceramic or woven wool – draw obvious parallels with such iconic designs as Gerrit Rietveld's Crate chair (1934), or Pier Giacomo + Archille Castiglioni's Mezzadro stool made from a tractor seat (1957) and Enzo Mari's Autoprogettazione kit furniture (1974). Yet, like Arte Povera – a term coined in 1967 by the critic Germano Cleant to describe a group of Italian artists who used the simplest means to create poetic statements based on the events of everyday life – the works also play a much larger role in questioning both traditional cultures (local and global), and the materialism of consumer economics. Opening times: 11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday For further information or images please contact: +44 (0)20 33848785

Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK

31 October - 14 December 2011, London

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP UK

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Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK showcases all new works by 51 artists: Machiko Agano, MasaeBamba, Tetsuo Fujimoto,Shihoko Fukumoto, Asako Ishizaki, Harumi Isobe, Yuka Kawai, Michiko Kawarabayashi, Hideaki Kizaki, Naomi Kobayashi, Masakazu Kobayashi, Shigeo Kubota, Kyoko Kumai, Jun Mitsuhashi, Kyoko Nitta, Ai Matsumoto, Suzumi Noda, Shoko Nomura, Chika Ohgi, Kiyonori Shimada, Reiko Sudo, Koji Takaki, Yoshiko Tanabe, Chiyoko Tanaka, Masaaki Tate, Mitsuo Toyazaki, Kaori Umeda, Teruyoshi Yoshida, and Naoko Yoshimoto from Japan; and Anniken Amundsen, Jeanette Appleton, Claire Barber, Michael Brennand Wood, Maxine Bristow, Nisha Chadha, Jenny Ford, Frances Geesin, Shelly Goldsmith, Diana Harrison, Philippa Lawrence, Sue Lawty, Lesley Mitchison, Liz Nilsson, Clyde Oliver, Tim Parry-Williams, Celia Pym, Freddie Robins, Kathleen Rogers, Michele Walker, Bob White, and Ealish Wilson.
Lesley Millar MBE, Professor of Textile Culture at the University for the Creative Arts, will curate this exhibition of contemporary textile artists from Japan and the UK to celebrate fifteen years of collaborative activity. The exhibition exemplifies the positive outcomes that can be achieved when peer groups from the two countries come together in a spirit of cooperation and exchange. To celebrate the artists who have provided the foundation for the continuous exchange of ideas between the textile communities in Japan and the UK, Lesley Millar has organised an exhibition of miniature works from each of the artists, 51 in total, who have taken part in her various projects. The participants are drawn from a particular fifteen-year relationship developed over many projects, and this exhibition will be the first time that their works will be shown together. Those taking part represent some of the most important contemporary textile practitioners in Japan and the UK, alongside some of the most exciting emerging talent from the recent exhibitions. Such an exhibition highlights the work of the University for the Creative Arts in stimulating and promoting exchange between the UK and Japan. A fully illustrated catalogue will be produced in support of the exhibition.
Admission free, Monday – Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm

INSIGHT INTO BEAUTY II美意識 - CONTEMPORARY CRAFT INSPIRED BY JAPANThe Embassy of Japan in the UK, 101 - 104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT
external image InsideBeauty.jpgThis is the second exhibition of its kind presenting various aspects of contemporary craft inspired by Japanese materials, techniques and design at the Embassy of Japan. Insight into Beauty are the words of YANAGI Soetsu (1889-1961), who led the Japanese mingei (folk crafts) movement fostering an interest in the aesthetic value of craftsmanship in Japan.Namiko MURAKOSHI is originally from Okinawa. With references to her homeland and contemporary culture, her pieces bring a sense of fun so characteristic of this part of the world. Ashley HOWARD’s work is informed by a dialogue between Japanese and homespun pottery traditions with ideas of ritual and ceremony underpinning it. Adam BUICK throws shapes based on moon jars, much admired in Korea and Japan and held in high regard by Bernard Leach and his contemporaries. Following Japanese tradition, Gas KIMISHIMA builds simple wood-fired kilns to fire all his work. He makes ceramic utensils inspired by nature for the tea ceremony, not signing his work believing a pot belongs to its owner and not the maker. Beverly AYLING-SMITH is a textile artist work whose works explore the state of melancholia. Using materials associated with burial, her work encourages a focus on the emotional dimensions in the words grief, loss and absence. Artist Basketmaker, Mary BUTCHER uses natural materials, plastics, wire, strings, cardboard strips and paper to make containers and sculptures in a wide variety of scales and forms. She was the curator of successful touring exhibition, ‘East Weaves West: Basketry from Japan and Britain’. The worlds of basketry and textile arts blur in the braiding of Jacqui CAREY’s wire and beadkumihimo. Japanese authority on kumihimo, Makiko TADA is largely responsible for the growing international interest in Japanese braiding. She not only explores Japanese techniques but researches work further afield enriching the world of kumihimo. Sandy JESSETT deconstructs ancient Japanese models and Edna GIBSON explores the textures of kumihimo structures both developing new works. Jenny PARRY’s innovative braid series in unorthodox yarns that curve and distort reveal new patterns, rhythms, and shadows through repetition.This exhibition is a part of Asian Art in London.Admisstion Free

Wendell Castle at Carpenters Workshop


Frieze Art Fair


Pavillion of Art and Design


Treasures of Chinese Porcelain

Tuesday 11 October 2011, 9.00pm


Ceramics: A Fragile History.

Monday 10 October 2011, 9.00pm

The Story of Clay

1/3 A look at the history of domestic pottery in Britain from Tudor times onwards.


Monday 17 October 2011, 9.00pm

The Age of Wedgwood


Grayson Perry

The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

British Museum
6 October 2011- 19 February 2012
Grayson Perry (b. 1960), The Rosetta Vase, 2011. © Grayson Perry. Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Grayson Perry curates an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history from the British Museum’s collection.
He’ll take you to an afterlife conjured from his imaginary world, exploring a range of themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture.
Vases covered in witty captions, elaborate tapestries and the centrepiece, a richly decorated cast iron coffin-ship, will be displayed alongside objects from the past two million years of culture and civilisation. From the first great invention, the hand axe, to a Hello Kitty pilgrim hand-towel, you will discover a reality that is old and new, poetic and factual, and funny as well as grim.
‘This is a memorial to all the anonymous craftsmen that over the centuries have fashioned the manmade wonders of the world…

The craftsman’s anonymity I find especially resonant in an age of the celebrity artist.’
Grayson Perry RA, Turner Prize winner

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Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990
24 September 2011 - 15 January 2012
Grace Jones in a maternity dress designed by Jean-Paul Goude and Antonio Lopez, 1979 © Jean-Paul Goude
Martine Bedin (for Memphis), Super lamp prototype, 1981. Painted metal with lighting components.

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Power of Making

6 September 2011 - 2 January 2012

The Porter Gallery, V&A, London

A V&A and Crafts Council exhibition

Admission free

Join us and the V&A as we celebrate the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects, ranging from a life-size crochet bear to a ceramic eye patch, a metal flute to dry stone walling. Power of Making is a contemporary cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world to present a snapshot of making in our time.

The exhibition showcases works made using a diverse range of skills and explores how materials can be used in imaginative and spectacular ways, whether forentertainment, medical innovation, social networking or artistic endeavour.

Works on display include a giant gorilla created of metal coat hangers by David Mach, bespoke shoes by John Lobb shoemakers, a lion-shaped Ghanaian coffin, extreme cake decorations and new technologies such as 3D printing.

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makers, a short course on sugar craft, open studios with our makers in residence, fun demonstrations from Mister Maker.There is also a dedicated ‘Tinker Space ’ for demonstrations and a wide programme of events to complement the exhibition, including a symposium with leading

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Flow Gallery

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zhumthor

1 July - 16 October 2011

Jerwood Makers Open

Jerwood space
13 July - 23 August 2011
Selected artists:
Farah Bandookwala (Rapid prototype jewellery and interactive sculpture)
Emmanuel Boos (Ceramic)
Heike Brachlow (Glass)
Keith Harrison (Installation)


Naked Shapes / Domaine de Boisbuchet 25 June – 9 October 201

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Urban Physic Garden: The Union Street Urban Orchard=
June 11 - Aug 15

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Cockpit Arts Open Studios weekends, 165 talented designer-makers to meet and a landmark 25thBirthday to celebrate.

Doors open at Holborn this Friday from 6-9pm. Join us for Campari cocktails & cake in the Hand Made Food cafés, live music and party games. Discover fabulous fashions, furnishings and more from £5-£5000.


Holborn: 10-12 June MAP | GUIDE

Deptford: 17-19 June MAP | GUIDE

Fri 6-9pm Sat-Sunday 11am-6pm

Collect at Saatchi Gallery

6-9 May 2011


Rosa Nguyen showing in the project space on the 2nd Floor


Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life @ The Wellcome Collection

24 March - 31 August 2011

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Alice Anderson and Kate MccGwire @ AVA

1 April - 30 April
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Nigel Hall at Annely Juda

31 March - 14 May
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Heritage Crafts Association Spring Conference 2011

Saturday 19 March 2011, 10am to 4.30pm
Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum

Ceramic Art London

25-27 February 2011

Royal College of Art

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Modern British Sculpture

Royal Academy

until 7 April


6 HANDS at ARAM Gallery

14th January - 19th February 2011

India Carpenter

Peter Marigold

Ella Robinson

The Aram Gallery presents 6 Hands, an exhibition of hand made work by India Carpenter, Peter Marigold and Ella Robinson.

6 Hands presents a series of projects by these three designers which are indicative of their current working style and which favour hand over machine. Whether exploring alternative ways of making, interpreting traditional methods or developing material technique, all three designers share a commitment to experiment, challenge and innovate production methods in design.

The Aram Gallery is interested in the way designers think and work. 6 Hands shows some recent projects, as well as works in progress, as unique artefacts as part of our ongoing commitment to explore the design process.

Final Selection at Anthony Shaw Collection

to 28 February 2011


  • Start:Thursday 9th December, 2010 6:00pm
  • End:Thursday 9th December, 2010 8:00pm
  • Price:Free

Metropolitan Works’ popular Creative Dialogue series aims to promote discourse amongst London’s creative community and provide a fantastic opportunity for creative businesses and professionals to network and share concerns. This session features a talk from Fergus Gahan whose W/WORKSHOP produces furniture for the Joseph Walsh studio.
Founded in 1999 to produce the furniture of designer Joseph Walsh, W/WORKSHOP has become one of the leading studio workshops in Europe, fusing mastery in making with innovative techniques to realise Walsh’s challenging works.
Today W/WORKSHOP is not alone working with Walsh but with other leading architects and designers, bringing their concepts successfully through to realisation. Fergus Gahan from W/WORKSHOP will take the audience through the background of W/WORKSHOP, the collaborations in which it is presently involved with leading industrial designers Design partners and Architects O’ Donnell Tuomey, and W/WORKSHOP’S training and innovation programs.
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There are lots of Open Studios this weekend

- a good opportunity to meet fellow makers and their works

Creekside Artists
Cockpit Arts Deptford
Pullens Yards
Vanguard Court - Rear of 36-38 Peckham Road (opposite Southwark Town Hall)

Hidden Art members (mostly East London) open studios

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The Temporium

Pop up shop by Dezeen
221 Brompton Road, London Sw3 2EJ from 9-19 December 201
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Royal College of Art

26 November–3 December (closed 28 November): Student Work-in-Progress Show

Students from Communication Art & Design, Ceramics and Glass and Design Products will be exhibiting their work in progress in this exhibition. Some work will be available for sale or commission.

V&A Friday Late

26 November 2010 18.30-22.00

Enter into the Christmas spirit with an evening of open source design events curated by students from The Royal College of Art's Design Products Department.
This is your opportunity to be part of the design process from the beginning! The V&A and RCA Design Products students are giving away design products, design skills and design ideas. Engage in the alternative Christmas market workshops in the Grand Entrance, and make something to take home with you. Or line up for skills-sharing sessions taking place in the Sackler Centre. Also, students will be presenting new project ideas so take part by championing those you think should be developed.
All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis.
Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

Midcentury Modern furniture show

Sunday 14th November, 10am–4pm
Dulwich College SE21 7LD


Studio Makkink and Bey

The Crate Series: Household Crates
at Spring Projects

5th November to 16th December
Spring Projects
Spring house, 10 Spring Place
London NW5 3BH


These shipping crates, normally used to temporarily house goods, take on a more solitary role as a sized down household unit. Each of the crates trade off space against utility. The various models encompass a specific function, concentrated inside the crate and in its material finish. In their original guise as freight packaging, the crate protects its , but as furniture they become a means of personal autonomy. Hiding and disguising are integral to these objects. The wooden retreats can be used to seclude a person from the outside world, but when unfolded they become furnishings inside an already furnished room. While travelling, they can form a familiar space within unknown spaces.

The Crate Series is an enquiry into the delineations in public and private time and space as well as the role of the objects we use within these spheres. Just as the function of a singular household appliance doesn't mark or dominate a room with its purpose of existence, so the bed hidden inside the BedCrate doesn't denote the room as a bedroom nor the bath and basin to a bathroom. This is a unifying theme of the series as the ClockCrate attempts to smother its own ticking sound and the VacuumCleanerCrate cleans up after serving tea from its built-in trolley.

Studio Makkink and Bey

Spring Projects

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Every Thursday evening to coincide with Future Beauty exhibition, Barbican Art Gallery opens late until 10pm, to host fantastic nights of talks, performances, workshops and to show the best of young design talent.
We have a range of events for extending professional development for both staff and students. Choose from lectures, workshops and panel discussions, or hang out with friends in the gallery and explore the exhibition.

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East Meets West: Fashion Crosses Continents
Thu 25 Nov, 7.30pm, Cinema 2

An illuminating look at the enormous impact that Japanese aesthetics has had on western fashion and culture – and vice versa. Panel discussion with Barbara Vinken, author of Fashion–Zeitgeist!, scholar Nicolas Cambridge, Brooke Hodge, Director of Exhibitions and Publications, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Toshio Watanabe, Director of the Transnational Arts, Identity and Nation research group.

Tickets £7 online/£9 on the door

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Collacqueration: Designed in the UK - Lacquered in Japan

Organised to coincide with Asian Art in London, the exhibition 'Collacqueration: Designed in the UK - Lacquered in Japan' will take place at the Embassy of Japan. This initiative brings together young UK-based designers and the lacquer craftsmen of Wajima, in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The lacquer of Wajima has been designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property. It is made using original techniques consisting of at least 20 and sometimes more than 100 processes, which give it extra durability. Wajima lacquer is also known for its highly decorative features, such as Makie, whereby metal or coloured powder is sprinkled on the lacquer, and Chinkin, which involves scoring a pattern of lines on the lacquer and then rubbing gold powder into these lines.

Five UK-based designers - Julia Lohmann, Gero Grundmann, Max Lamb, Yuri Suzuki and Emiko Oki - are taking part alongside Yamaha. Their unconventional ideas, manifested in the work of five up-and-coming Wajima lacquerware artists - Takashi Wakamiya, Kazutaka Furukomi, Yoshinori Shibayama, Hidetaka Wakashima and Akira Sugimura - will be on display at the Embassy of Japan from 15 October 2010.external image collaqueration1.jpg

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15 October - 30 November 2010

The Embassy of Japan 101-104 Piccadilly

London W1J 7JT

Open weekdays 09:30 - 17:30, closed weekends

====Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy====Combining the long and proud traditions of Wajima lacquer techniques with the artistic flare of the international designers, this collaboration seeks to extend the boundaries of the genre.
Throughout the period of the exhibition, we are planning to hold workshops in schools and museums across the UK. Moreover, while the exhibition is running, a British cellist will be performing an original score using a lacquerware cello designed specifically for this exhibition by Yamaha.

Creative Dialogue series at Metropolitan Works

41 Commercial Road London E1 1LA

14 October 2010, 6-8pm
Free - register here

Unto This Last proposes a very practical approach to product development: Everything must be produced with only one material (birch plywood), two machines (a press and a digital router) within the limited space we have, (50 square metres) and at a competitive cost.
These constraints create the interesting problems we have been grappling with for the last 10 years. They also make manufacturing on demand, on the high street, possible, as it was before the industrial revolution.
With only two workshops in London, their world domination plan is still in the making, but will take the opportunity of speaking at Metropolitan Works to reflect on the possible developments of local, micro-manufacturing.

About Creative Dialogue series
Networking Evenings
Monthly Free
These popular networking events aim to promote discourse among London’s creative community and provide a fantastic opportunity for creative businesses and professionals to network and share ideas.
Each event includes a talk by an inspirational guest speaker, followed by informal chatting and drinks.
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Super Design

14-17 October 2010
Victoria House Basement, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1 B4DA





Double Take

23 September - 6 November 2010
Marsden Woo Gallery




Marsden Woo downstairs project space

Simone ten Hompel

The Stuff of Memory

08 October - 06 November 2010

Contemporary Applied Arts

We all live surrounded by the stuff of memory but for the most part it is unassuming, quiet, so that we move around it unaware and the past remains tamped down within the jar. But then suddenly we trip against it, dislodging the lid, and memory leaps from the opening, insistent, vital. Or sometimes, in the iridescent gleam of the jar’s surface or the silvery sheen of the spoon we are lifting to our lips, we seem to catch sight of a blurred half-remembered reflection and turn our heads quickly to see what’s there; but even as we do so, the memory slips away, leaving only the evanescing shadow of its brief presence. Spoons. Bowls. Jars. Containers. These are the stuff of our daily lives: dependable and utilitarian; and we barely notice if they also carry the ghost memories of their own pasts disguised within form and function. But Simone has noticed for us.

Caroline Morpeth, September 2010


House of Propellers
5 Back Hill London EC1R 5EN / Tel. 020 7278 7287 /

Tuesday—Friday 10am—6pm, Saturday 11am—4pm or by appointment

Tomoko Azumi at Rocket Gallery

The Shape of Things at Gallery Flow

1-5 Needham Rd, London W11 2RP
9 September - 6 November 2010

Flow is taking part in The Shape of Things (TSOT), an exciting national project that seeks to explore the unique contribution artists make to influence or reflect national identity and the intercultural nature of British society.

"These are some of the most intelligent and articulate explanations of diversity in art that I have ever heard …… This initiative, this collection of people is important now …… This is a movement, this is the beginning". Bonnie Greer, author/playright.
The exhibition at flow brings together work by nine artists in one place. The artists are exhibiting in galleries and museums around the UK in a national programme, funded by Arts Council England.