Radical Craft – Alternative Ways of Making

Julia Krause-Harder, Stegosaurus. Courtesy of Atelier Goldstein


9 November 2016 to 28 January 2017

In this touring exhibition from Craftspace and Outside In, 34 artists who express themselves beyond normal means have come together to revolutionise the way we see modern craft.

Co-curated by Laura Hamilton, this exhibition showcases artworks by historically renowned ‘outsider artists,’ as well as contemporary makers across the globe. Many of those featured are self-taught, and face barriers to the art world due to either health, disability or social circumstance – 21 of which were chosen via open submissions.

Eminent textile artist Alice Kettle, who is a craft maker by trade and one of the open call judges says that Radical Craft “communicates the dynamic of living and making, of using transformative potential of craft to enter other visionary worlds…craft becomes a process of resistance and method of adaptation.”

Themes in the exhibition include works by artists who have a particular passion for a subject or technique, or use these processes to communicate with the world around them, as well as autobiographical responses to the natural or urban environment. Many have never received formal training, and their creative impulses have been developed with independence and lack of inhibition that is rare in the art world.

The panel for the UK open selection included Alice Kettle, Textile Artist; Phil Baird, Artist and Outside In Award Winner; Laura Hamilton, Co-curator of Radical Craft; Katy Norris, Curator Pallant House Gallery and Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace.

Official opening and exhibition tour with Laura Hamilton

Join co-curator Laura Hamilton on Saturday 19 November between 1pm and 3pm to celebrate the opening of the Radical Craft exhibition. Laura will be leading a free tour of Radical Craft from 1.30pm. Everyone welcome.

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