collect 2018 taps into buzz about Craft
The internationationally renowned Collect art fair gathered more than 400 artists from round the world to showcase cutting edge and museum-quality craft.
The Crafts Council event brings together 40 of the most prestigious galleries to fill the entire Saatchi Gallery in London with exceptional works ranging from innovative studio pottery to bold, large-scale installations. The works explore a range of materials and variety of different themes, and will be viewable from 22nd to 25th of February. Book tickets here.
(Above: Desire by Louis Thompson represented by London Glassblowing Gallery. Photography by Jake Curtis. Art direction by Hana Al Sayed. Source: Crafts Council)
Craft in the UK and beyond is benefitting from a resurgence of interest, both artistic and economic, as other arts increasingly look to and draw from craft practices; more and more auction houses are incorporating contemporary craft into their sales; and craft objects are commanding higher prices than ever before.
This 14th edition of Collect features artists from the leading disciplines of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalsmithing, and glass; as well as presenting work in highly specialist areas such as
bookbinding, and unusual materials including paper, willow, vellum and lacquer.
Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council, said: "The international market for contemporary craft has never been more buoyant. This is reflected in a record number of exhibiting galleries this year, representing leading artists and makers from four continents. British studio ceramics have been enjoying something of a moment, celebrated in aslew of recent exhibitions and major publications.
"In response, a new element at the fair, Masters of British Studio Pottery, will showcase masterpieces and rare works from some of the biggest names in British 20th century ceramics. And, as ever, we’re proud to introduce fresh new talent alongside established artists, cementing Collect’s reputation as the place to spot the stars of the future."
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