I remember being ten. It was 1994, BritPop was in the air and I had a killer tracksuit that I basically never took off. Heady days indeed. But my own decennial is rather put in the shade by this year’s COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s annual fair which this year celebrates ten years in some style.
Returning to London’s Saatchi Gallery, COLLECT will exhibit some of the most interesting and exciting craft offerings from 32 international galleries, while 11 artists have been invited to take over the gallery’s second floor as part of the Project Space initiative. So galleries from the UK, Scandinavia, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands will sit side-by-side with those from the Far East, from China, Japan and South Korea.
Where COLLECT really appeals to us is not just in the breadth of disciplines it includes under the broad umbrella term “craft” – from jewellery and ceramics to weaving and glassblowing – but also in its commitment to giving up-and-coming creatives a platform alongside more established names.
COLLECT runs from May 10 to May 13 at The Saatchi Gallery and over the next couple of weeks we’ll be taking an in-depth look at some of the artists chosen for this year’s Project Space.
This article was produced in collaboration with The Crafts Council.
- Join It’s Nice That and Adobe XD for an evening of discussion on digital design
- In her latest series, Lauren Harris captures moments of violence and tenderness in the boxing ring
- Bold and borderless, Ji Soo Eom’s designs echo the multiverse
- Max Siedentopf's new series injects some excitement back into the humble passport photo
- Graphic designer David Rindlisbacher disrupts his typography-heavy designs with technology
- Joe Melhuish’s zany creations are populated by “joyful characters with manic, chaotic auras”
- Led By Donkeys is crowdfunding £50,000 for “honest” No Deal Brexit ad campaign
- Taschen’s recent release celebrates “the greatest cat photographer of the 20th Century”
- The Advertising Standards Authority has banned its first ads for “harmful” gender stereotyping
- Introducing the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2019!
- Suzy Chan’s portfolio boasts original graphic design, animation, typography and so much more
- Stefanie Tam’s graphic design grounds conceptual thinking in compelling visuals