Collaborative Conversations: A CraftNet, Crafts Council and MakingLewes event
When: Friday 30th September 2016, 12 - 5pm
First location: The Foundry, 32 North Street, Lewes, BN7 2PH
Main location: Studio Hardie, Unit 4, Phoenix Works, North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE
Collaboration can take many forms. We explore what collaboration means to Atomik Architecture; Studio Hardie; textile artist and designer Ptolemy Mann; and artist-basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan and ceramic artist Elaine Bolt: all set in the context of the Crafts Council’s innovation programme.
Through drop in events, formal presentations, debate and discussion we will explore the nature of true collaboration, and the role that innovation, experimentation, risk-taking, discovery and application of new techniques, materials and tools can play.
12 – 12.45pm ‘Collaborative Collusions 11’
Meet the makers/drop-in to the ‘Making Ground’ exhibition and view works made by artist-basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan and ceramic artist Elaine Bolt during their collaborative interdisciplinary project exploring site-specific making at a disused brickworks in Sussex.
Venue: The Foundry, 32 North Street, Lewes, BN7 2PH
Where: Studio Hardie, Unit 4, Phoenix Works, North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE
1pm Lunch, networking and introductions
1.40 – 2pm CraftNet, Crafts Council, MakingLewes, Studio Hardie welcome and introductions.
2pm Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Crafts Council reveals how maker John Grayson’s commission for their new touring exhibition of automata - ‘A Curious Turn’ at the Platform Gallery, Habitat, London (15 September – 2 October 2016) - stemmed from his Parallel Practices residency at the Cultural Institute, King’s College, London. Parallel Practices is a Crafts Council project that brings together makers and medical professionals in order to drive innovation in medical research and healthcare.
2.20pm Ptolemy Mann, textile artist and designer, is known for her unique, colour-rich hand dyed and woven artworks and textile designs, and more recently commercially produced furnishing fabrics, rugs, cushions, bed linen and throws.
Clients and collaborators include the NHS, GlaxoSmithKline, The Open University, Christopher Farr, Hayden Connell Architects and Land Securities. Ptolemy will discuss how her understanding of colour and pattern, developed through weaving, informed her recent collaboration with UK tile company Johnson Tiles and renewal of the ‘Prismatic’ range. This collaboration formed one of the case studies in the recent Crafts Council research ‘Innovation through Craft - opportunities for growth’, published in July 2016.
2.50pm Atomik Architecture: Michael Oades and Derek Draper. Based in London and Almaty, Kazakhstan, Atomik Architecture was set up with the idea of a practice that was about indivisibility; and about bringing together an uncommonly diverse group of people who would collaborate to become something more of its constituent parts. The work Atomik have produced is surprising and varied and unified by themes of habitation and inevitability that are relevant whatever the culture of the client or scope of the project.
Atomik will share their ideas on the nature of true collaboration; focusing on projects including ‘It’s not who you are, it’s how you are’ at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (a co-authored artwork with performance artist Alice Theobald), plus City Nomads and the Artpoint Pavilion (two examples of recent projects and collaborations in Kazakhstan, showcasing the work of a new generation of Kazakhstani designers, makers and artists).
3.20 – 4pm Q&A, Networking
4 – 5pm Tea and drop in to the Turkish Baths, 35 Friars Walk, Lewes to see the site-specific furniture and installations made by participants on the Kinship 111 Design & Make Workshop, col-led by Studio Hardie and Sally Daniels of tangentfield
The Lewes Dome will be made over 4 days in September by participants in the Kinship 111 Design & Make Workshop, co-partnered by Studio Hardie and the University of West of England’s Architecture Department. Supported by professional carpenters and makers the Dome will be a portable community structure, based on the geodesic dome structure.
Participants are welcome to stay on for the MakingLewes organsied evening talk at 7.30PM with Ewan Clayton, calligrapher and author of The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing, Bookbinders of Lewes and others. See Make Lewes Festival website for more details.
CraftNet is an independent network that promotes leadership and strategic development for contemporary craft
The Crafts Council is the national development agency for the contemporary crafts in the UK
Make Lewes Festival 2016 promotes the exchange of knowledge in the fields of Making, Architecture, Design and Sustainability. It is the third in the series.
Chair: Frances Lord, CraftNet South East rep
Image Credit: Photo: Tas Kyprianou