Crafted Vancouver | The Conversation Series | Gallery Talk featuring Chris Day
27th April 2021
Starting on 29 April and running throughout May, the Conversation Series maximises the benefits of the virtual platform by offering a variety of unique experiences as part of Crafted Vancouver’s annual festival, which celebrates crafts in multiple disciplines, from traditional to cutting-edge contemporary work.
Whilst ostensibly a cooperation between Canadian and UK partners, the craft artists contributing to the series are truly international, spanning a range of craft materials and specialisms with roots and references from across the globe.
The programme commences with two live tours of Crafting a Difference at SoShiro with its curator, Brian Kennedy. Selecting personal highlights and adding his unique insight into their creation and narrative, all artworks are shown within the stunning setting of Soshiro's atelier, a majestic Marylebone townhouse.
The series will also include The Gallery Talks, a unique collection of crafts conversations moderated by Isabelle Fish, Founder of Rue Pigalle.
Taking place over six Zoom events, 12 craftspeople have been carefully selected and paired, from Crafted Vancouver and Crafting a Difference. Contrary to the default craft focus on material and skill, Isabelle instigated the pairings for The Gallery Talks centred on the influences and ideas around each makers’ practice.
As part of these talks on 18 May Vessel Gallery will present Chris Day in dialogue with Karin Jones from Crafted Vancouver, as they discuss how race and historical narrative shape our identities.
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The Conversation Series Brochure | Information on all The Gallery Talks
Crafted Vancouver is an annual 25-day festival that presents and advances outstanding local, Canadian and International craftsmanship and creativity through a curated program of events taking place in venues throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Crafted Vancouver works with partners and connects skilled craftspeople and designers, the dedicated collector and a discerning audience. Committed to featuring diverse craft-based artists and designers Crafted Vancouver is a platform for multiple disciplines across the craft continuum, from ancestral, tribal and traditional to leading-edge contemporary.
Craft: Community: Journeys.
Rue Pigalle celebrates, nurtures and promotes craft through conversations, events, ateliers and journeys both IRL and online. Rue Pigalle travels the world connecting the passionate with creativity across numerous cultures and materials, with the fundamental belief that crafts foster a kinder more connected society. The heart of Rue Pigalle is The Club: a community of modern day Medicis championing craft for the next generation. Membership to The Club grants access to an immersive, carefully researched program hosted by Isabelle Fish, with contributors from museum curators to master craftsmen from across the world.
Crafting a Difference
Currently open to view by appointment until 30 April: Crafting a Difference is an exhibition held at SoShiro a beautiful Georgian townhouse in Marylebone, London. In a defiant act of solidarity during a time where the international market has been forced apart five London-based contemporary craft and visual arts galleries: Cavaliero Finn, jaggedart, MADEINBRITALY, Ting-Ying Gallery and Vessel Gallery have forged a relationship to show together. Curated by Brian Kennedy the exhibition is a selection of more than 200 works in ceramic, glass, metal, paper, textile, plastic and wood by over 70 artists.
Brian Kennedy Curation
Brian Kennedy is an independent curator working predominantly in the craft and applied arts. Kennedy works with state agencies, museums, galleries and private collectors to develop strategies, organise exhibitions and build collections within the craft and applied art areas. He has curated exhibitions for the National Craft Gallery Ireland, luxury group Walpole at Somerset House and the Royal Academy, installed special exhibitions for the Oliver Sears Gallery in London, as well as Taste Contemporary for fairs in Geneva and Art Monte Carlo. Kennedy was Artistic Director for TRESOR – Contemporary Craft Fair, Basel, Switzerland, where he also curated a major exhibition in the celebrated 18th Century Wildt'sches Haus.
"The craft sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, yet it’s also been a very creative time for many makers, artists and gallerists… Our intention is clear: to illustrate that now, more than ever, the process of creation, is undeniably a deep-rooted, unifying force" Brian Kennedy, curator, Crafting a Difference.