Griffin Gallery celebrate London Craft Week with MAKE / CREATE Bringing
contemporary Art and Craft together

6 10 May 2015

  • 13 contemporary artists, 13 highly skilled craftsmen
  • One extraordinary collaborative exhibition inspired by the theme of the inaugural London Craft Week; ‘London’s Hidden Craft'
  • Exhibition runs at The Crypt Gallery from 6 – 10 May 2015 throughout London Craft Week
  • Press Preview: 6 May 2015 18:00 – 21:00 at The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
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MAKE / CREATE is a unique showcase of site-specific works by 13 pairs of artists and craft scholars who have worked together to share skills and concepts at London’s The Crypt Gallery. Crafts range from leather work to stone masonry, dolls house making and glass blowing, while the artists represent the best of London's emerging contemporary scene. The spirit of the exhibition lies in the desire to demonstrate the contemporary nature and design of craft, and the craft involved in contemporary art - changing perceptions of both. 

The off-site exhibition curated by Griffin Gallery in partnership with QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) will bring together 13 contemporary artists with 13 highly skilled craftsmen to create site-specific works inspired by the overarching theme of the inaugural London Craft Week; 'London's Hidden Craft'.

The skills and disciplines showcased in MAKE / CREATE range from glass blowing to leather work; one pairing will include a doll's house designer and sculptor, Trevor Cain and Nicola Dale. Cain's miniature houses are designed to emulate architectural design from particular periods, while Dale's sculptural practice uses the materiality of books. Their respective fascination with history will inform a piece of collaborative work. 

Meanwhile, Melissa White's reproductions of Elizabethan wall paintings and Chantal Powell's theatrical vocabulary of the ornate Baroque have informed a collaborative work. The pair will exhibit a theatre projecting footage of California's Hearst Castle, adorned with White's fabric designs and constructed by Powell to create a theatrical facade. 

The selected craftsmen and artists were placed in pairs by a judging panel that included Julia Robinson of QEST, Becca Pelly-Fry, Director of Griffin Gallery, Rebecca Byrne, Events Manager of Griffin Gallery, Steve Macleod, photographer and Director of Metro Imaging, and Richard Edwards, Visual Arts and Craft Lead for Arts Council England.

Art / Craft
Jake Abrams / Margaret Jones
Eliza Bennett / Alan Moore
Nicola Dale / Trevor Cain
Lucy Dore / Daniel Durnin
Aidan Gray / Susan Fletcher
Anneli Holstrom / Cordaelia Craine
Evy Jokhova / Steve Cook
Rosie Munro Kerr / Carréducker
Gill Newton / Rosanna Martin
Anne Parfitt / James Kirby
Chantal Powell / Melissa White
Heidi Sincuba / Mia Sarosi
Rachel Wickremer / Scott Benefield

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Notes to Editors:

About Griffin Gallery 
Griffin Gallery is a new gallery in West London supporting cutting-edge talent, hosting discussions and celebrating the best in contemporary art in London and around the world through a new award, the Griffin Art Prize.

A particular focus for the Griffin is the championing of craftsmanship across all contemporary art disciplines. Situated underneath the headquarters of world-leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the Gallery is home to an extensive series of events for artists and arts professionals, including expert talks discussing techniques and advice, running alongside the main exhibition programme.

The Studio Building houses not only the Griffin Gallery, but also an Innovation and Development Laboratory and two purpose-built artists’ studios. The Gallery occasionally hosts workshops in the development studio where invited artists can use cutting-edge art materials created by resident chemists. This bridges science and art with the latest art materials and colours made using the world’s best raw materials, which go on to be sold worldwide.

This independent gallery is under the Directorship of Becca Pelly-Fry.

Opening Times:
Monday - 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday - 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday - 10:00 - 17:00
Friday - 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Further information:
Gallery Website: 
About London Craft Week
London Craft Week is a new annual event which showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops, lesser known makers and highly specialised skills alongside famous shops, galleries and luxury brands.

Founded on the ethos of making, London Craft Week aims to introduce the talent, people and techniques behind beautifully made things to a wider audience. They will be able to experience craft not just as static branded objects in smart shops but understand the context of how they were made, why they are special and even have a try themselves.

London Craft Week is independent, not-for-profit and supported by founding partner Vacheron Constantin and strategic partners Arts Council England as well as the Mayor of London, the Crafts Council, Walpole and the Heritage Crafts Association.

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