Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled: An exhibition of contemporary craft curated by Karen Fleming with CRAFTNI

Karen Fleming, Joseph Kelly (Producer)

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‘Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled’
11-15 March 2013 Craft Central, 33-35 St John's Square, London.
4 - 26 April 2013 CRAFTNI, Cotton Court, Belfast

Curated by Karen Fleming
Commissioned by CRAFTNI (Director:Joseph Kelly)
‘Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled’ juxtaposes the best of contemporary craft by makers living and working in Northern Ireland.

There is a higher concentration of small enterprises in Northern Ireland than anywhere else in the UK.

Inspired by the unique landscape and culture of Northern Ireland, 'Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled' drew from competitive proposals. The curatorial strategy focussed on vision, integrity and innovation in the materials, form and purpose; the selected makers each demonstrated a distinctive perspective and apply a contemporary edge to the design and make of their creative products."

"The exhibition presents a diverse range of handcrafted products that combine a modern sensibility and edginess with the makers' respect for materials and craftmanship. Innovative processes such as cast resin and quirky sculptured willow take their place alongside silversmithing, ceramics and the sparkling colours of glass and textiles.

Northern Ireland is a very unique part of the United Kingdom with a dramatic and varied landscape, exceptional heritage and a remarkable history of trade. A common theme in most definitions of the creative industries and creative places is that they arise from individual creativity, skill and talent. The synergy of creativity, craft and design and commerce that characterises the region today arises from a heritage spanning world-leading linen and shirt-making to shipbuilding and engineering.
Alongside basketry, textiles and very wearable jewellery are Adam Frew's large scale ceramics, Lauren Scott's, textile sculptures that mix ceramic and textile, and describes her work as a "veggie alternative" to taxidermy, and Elin Johnston's ‘wearable sculpture’; bold scale, form, and embellishment, freeing the pieces from conventional perceptions of everyday use.
The newly refurbished Craft Central gallery in Clerkenwell. Work on show includes jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, weaving, glass and furniture.
Artists included:Adam Frew, Alison Lowry, Bob Johnston, Catherine Keenan, Diane Lyness, eamon Higgins, Elon Johnston, Jill Graham, Julie Scott, Lauren Scott, Lynsey Raine, Mark Harvey, Scott Benefield.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Mar 2013
Event‘Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled’ at Craft Central, London
: at Craft Central, Clerkenwell, London
- Craft Central, 33-35 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Mar 201315 Mar 2013


  • Exhibition
  • Craft
  • Curation


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