Discover more about contemporary craft with a four-day programme of booth talks, events and panel discussions at COLLECT 2014. 9-12 May 2014 at Saatchi Gallery, London.
At COLLECT 2014 a comprehensive events programme will supplement the diverse range of contemporary objects on show. A combination of 14 booth talks, two Pin Drop Story Telling events, discussions around the Project Space and Legacy exhibition, as well as two wider discussions on craft, will provide visitors with an all-inclusive offering at the 11th edition of the fair. The Pin Drop Story Telling events are literary events relating to craft and design. There are two free events at COLLECT for which tickets must be pre-booked – this can be done online via www.collect2014.org.uk. On Friday 9th May, Lisa Dwan will read Solid Objects by Virginia Woolf, which explores the fascination of collecting ephemeral and beautiful objects. On Sunday 11th May, Elizabeth Day will read The Fly by Katherine Mansfield, which explores the inability to forget painful cultural events, such as The First World War.
Supplementing these will be two talks relating to the Legacy exhibition and the Project Space. In the former, Clare Twomey and Julian Stair will discuss their artistic practices, whilst in the latter Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine, will give a walking tour of the seven works in the Project Space. There will be an opportunity to meet and greet board members of the World Craft Council on Friday 9th May, and on Monday 12th May, the event What Next?: Building your craft practice will offer advice for students on how to build and develop their craft practice, with Heidi Harrington and Rebecca Gouldson discussing their practice development with Tracey Clarke from the Crafts Council’s Maker Development Team.
Finally, making up the bulk of the events at COLLECT 2014 are a series of booth talks. A selection of the exhibitors, including Adrian Sassoon, Joanna Bird, Bishopsland and Gallery LVS will discuss varying issues affecting the craft industry and makers. Topics will cover traditional concepts such as form, material and inspiration in the production of works, to wider industry issues such as the tension between new technologies and traditional techniques in craft production. COLLECT is the leading international art fair for contemporary objects held at Saatchi Gallery from 9-12 May 2014, presented by the Crafts Council. It has an impressive roster of 37 international galleries from across the world, representing the very best makers in contemporary craft today.