Useful / Beautiful: Why Craft Matters



We are surrounded by the word craft today – whether on food packaging in supermarkets or luxury brands, galleries to gift shops to hobbies at home. What is craft and why does it matters to us today: is it a product or a process? Is it always something handmade? Is it just a marketing buzzword?

The exhibition Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society.

Curated by design critic Hugo Macdonald, the works of twenty-six diverse British-based makers will be on show; from fashion, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and lacquer, this is a multi-generational overview of excellence in craft today. Each room will host a different exhibitor. With works from Juli Bolanos-Durman, Anthony Burrill, Hiut Denim, Reiko Kaneko and Yinka Ilori, each exhibitor has been selected to highlight the breadth and importance of craft across contemporary culture. In addition, there will be three site specific installations by renowned British designers, each with a signature approach, demonstrating craftsmanship in a different way.

There will be a wider programme of workshops, demonstrations and events across the six months, see the website for further details of what to get involved in and when.

Exhibition continues over six months to 1 September 2019.

This exhibition is kindly supported by Arts Council England with media support from Crafts Magazine and the Crafts Council.

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Tickets Included in entry. £13.50 adult pre-booked online / £7.20 child.


23/03/2019 - 19/05/2019

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