Friday 17th May, 10.00 – 4.00pm
Price: £45/ £30 for members/ £20 concessions* (including VAT)
*with student card/ unemployed
Expert speakers, industry professionals and makers will explore some of the questions raised by Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters – an exhibition which challenges preconceptions of craft and the role craft plays in our sense of identity, culture and society.
What values do we invest in craft and how does it represent who we are and how we want to live? In a world more reliant than ever on digital and virtual elements, is craft a way to reconnect with the physical realm? Is it an antidote to mass consumption and how can craft thrive in the contemporary market place?
At a time of enormous social, political and environmental change, we will ask whether craft can provide the principles for a more sustainable and happier way of being. With input from a range of specialists and debate from the floor, the symposium will attempt, ultimately, to answer the question of why craft matters.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Alex Langlands, archaeologist, broadcaster and writer whose recent book Cræft: How Traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making has received critical acclaim
Catherine Locke, Creative Director and Co-Founder of The New Craftsmen.
Hugo Macdonald, Curator of Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, Design Critic and Writer
Dr Rachel Dickinson, Director for Education of Ruskin’s Guild of St George and Principal Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Makers and Presenters:
Jahday Ford, A recent graduate, combining the techniques of glass blowing with possibilities of digital software
Lena Peters, Ceramicist whose work plays with folkloric narratives
Juli Bolanos Durman, An artist and designer who repurposes glass objects to create new artefacts
Leszek Sikon, An artisan blacksmith combining modern design with traditional techniques
Jenny King Embroidery, A design and production studio, working in the UK Fashion industry, specialising in Irish Embroidery
Hosted by Jane Marriott, Harewood House Trust Director