Craft Now

31 May 14 - 07 Feb 15

Family Feast by Barnaby BarfordGolden Bowl by Rachael WoodmanTunes of Glory by Michael Brennand Wood

Family Feast by Barnaby Barford

Some of the UK’s newest and most exciting contemporary textiles, glass and ceramics are brought together in Craft Now. 

Makers included are Michael Brennand Wood, internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles; Felicity Aylieff, whose ceramic work is informed by an artist’s residency in Jingdezhen, China, the worldwide centre for porcelain production; and influential quilt artist Pauline Burbridge. 

Displayed together for the first time, this exhibition presents works purchased for the gallery using funding from the Northern Rock Foundation. 

Jeweller Nora Fok works entirely in non-precious materials and her Million Dollar Collar is created entirely from the seed heads of artichokes. The accompanying Artichoke Parachute magnifies and recreates the seed heads using nylon. 

Artist Paul Scott has been instrumental in demonstrating the creative potential of ceramic and print, a combination which has been used in industry for hundreds of years. His Gateshead in a Box was commissioned for the Shipley Art Gallery in 2010, consisting of individually printed tiles representing Gateshead’s past, present and future, many of which are based on the artist’s work with school pupils and members of the Gateshead community. 

Also on show will be Family Feast by Barnaby Barford who works primarily with found ceramics, manipulating both mass-manufactured and antique figurines to create acerbic narratives about contemporary society. 

Craft Now is on show from 31 May until 20 December 2014. Free entry. 

Special preview event: Join us on Friday 30 May, 6-8pm, for a preview of the exhibition. All welcome, free entry.

Craft Now is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.