New contemporary craft fair Artefact opens at London's Design Centre

A celebration of handmade objects and craftsmanship, the new event brings together an exciting roster of makers

in the studio of frances pinnock photographed by alun callender
Alun Callender

Artefact is a new event that celebrates contemporary craft in all its forms, highlighting up-and-coming makers, spotlighting artisanal techniques and acting as a forum for conversation around its role in modern life.

Opening on 22 June, the week-long fair offers an opportunity to see work from artisans represented by leading craft galleries, including Vessel Gallery, Seeds, Cavaliero Finn, Cube Gallery, Ruup & Form and Jaggedart.

'wood anemone' sculpture made beewax paraffin, by annette townsend, ruup  form gallery
’Wood Anemone’ sculpture made beewax paraffin, by Annette Townsend, Ruup & Form gallery
Annette Townsend

A diverse array of techniques, styles and disciplines will be on display from both established names and emerging talent, from metalwork, glass, textiles, and ceramics to more unusual mediums, including recycled materials, grass and wax.

As part of the show, graduates of the 2019 Crafts Council Hothouse Programme will present Form Made From, a capsule exhibition curated by renowned curator Brian Kennedy.

Highlights include Charlotte Kidger, who uses plastic powder leftover from the 3D printing process to create her works, and woven textile artist Dalia James, whose geometric designs draw inspiration from the Bauhaus movement.

'blue four blocks' by charlotte kidger
’Blue four blocks’ by Charlotte Kidger
Charlotte Kidger
'intersection' by dalia james
’Intersection’ by Dalia James
Dalia James

There's also be an unmissable programme of talks that delve into the world of contemporary craft. Chaired by writer and podcaster Grant Gibson, the line-up of speakers features prominent names within the craft industry, including Annie Warburton, CEO of Cockpit Arts, leather expert Bill Amberg, artist/designer Simone Brewster and designer Mac Collins.

artist molly mahon at schumacher
Artist Molly Mahon will host a block printing demonstration at the Schumacher showroom
Sarah Wheal

Throughout the week, makers from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting excellence in British craftsmanship through training and education, will host live demonstrations. Look out for bespoke globe maker Johnathan Wright, leatherworker Frances Pinnock (main image) and slate-carver Zoe Wilson.

Elsewhere, the Design Centre's showrooms will open their doors to reveal how craft sits at the heart of their businesses and products via a trail of artisan talks, demos and displays.

Artefact takes place from 22 to 29 June 2021 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Rd, Fulham, London SW10 0XE

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