Our partnership jewellery exhibition Transplantation is now at its last UK venue, Devon Guild of Craftsman, Bovey Tracey until Sunday 24 April. Curated by Norman Cherry of Lincoln University, himself an accomplished and much-travelled jeweller, the thought-provoking work in this beautifully presented show explores experiences and ideas around migration and change.
Image: Brooch by Joungmee Do
Transplantation will start its Australian tour in July this year at the Toowamba Regional Art Gallery and then at the following venues:
Toowomba Regional Art Gallery
531 Ruthven St Toowoomba QLD 4350
29 July – 15 Sept 2013
Griffiths University Art Gallery
Queensland College of Art, 226 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD 4101
November 2013 (check with gallery for exact dates)
Macquarie University Art Gallery
Faculty of Arts, Building E11A at the end of Eastern Rd, Macquarie University, NSW 2109
January – February 2014 (check with gallery for exact dates)
Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre
180 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601
29 May – 12 July 2014
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
August 2014 (check with gallery for exact dates)
Our celebrated exhibition Bathing Beauties returns to the seaside this spring, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the Welsh coast from 23 March to 2 May 2013. Bathing Beauties reinvents seaside architecture for the 21st century with an eye-catching and entertaining display of scale models.
Image: Jabba by I-am associates Ltd, photo by Electric Egg 2006
By touring our exhibitions, The National Centre for Craft & Design reaches new audiences, both in galleries and other less typical venues. 2013 marks the first decade of our operation and touring has been an essential part of our activities from almost the beginning. Our high quality, accessible shows have been seen in numerous venues across England, Wales, Frances and Poland, in museums and galleries, as well as a hotel, artists’ studios and a trade fair.
The much-loved model beach huts in Bathing Beauties have reached audiences far and wide through the exhibition tour. In early 2012 we launched Transplantation, narrative jewellery exploring the experience of migration, in partnership with the University of Lincoln. This has been seen at five UK venues to date and in July 2013 will start a similar scale tour of Australian galleries. Earlier projects included a cultural history of denim, and solo exhibitions by renowned textile artist Maxine Bristow and graphic designer David Hillman.
Not only do we create exhibitions ourselves, we work in partnership with others: recent projects include Formula Fashion, a contemporary celebration of innovative design in leather, supported by Silverstone; and Made in the Middle, Birmingham-based Craftspace’s regular celebration of craft across the Midlands.
Exhibitions by The National Centre for Craft & Design are primarily toured to galleries and museums, but selected shows may also be available for festivals and special events. NCCD are keen to find new and unusual venues where great and inspiring art can be shown to new audiences.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of our existing or planned exhibitions, or discussing partnership working, please contact our Touring Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT TOURING PORTFOLIO
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An interactive exploration of the birth of video games; from early video arcades to the domestic games console. Gaming (working title) revisits the turbulent early years of the medium and unravels the strange new counter culture that grew around this entirely new art form. The show gives close attention to the new visual languages deployed both in Hollywood and the gaming industry which signaled the development of new narrative vessels capable of generating unique fictions; and is brought right up to date with design and new works commissioned specifically for the exhibition. The space will be part museum, part games arcade and is presented with the support of Nottingham’s internationally renowned Game City event.
Creating a Scene (available from late spring 2014)
Artists have a history of crossing over into theatre, from David Hockney’s designs for Pulcinella at the New York Met. through to Howard Hodgkin and Antony Gormley’s projects for Sadler’s Wells. NCCD are developing an exhibition which looks at how set design contributes to the theatrical experience, through scenery, furniture, props, costume and current fine art practice, exploring works by Gregory Crewdson and Thomas Demand, amongst other. The exhibition will also explore unconventional theatre design such as Rae Smith’s pencil sketches for the inaugural production of War Horse.
Felt is made of wool, and so is warm and comforting. Or is it? This exhibition explores the darker side of felt, with artists from the UK and beyond investigating the more disturbing and dramatic forms that this age old material can take
Continuing our 2014 programming theme of collaboration, Tapestry (working title) takes its cue from Henry Moore’s prolific designs for the medium, looking at other more artists who have recently crossed art forms in collaboration with established tapestry studios such as West Dean and Dovecoat. Alongside YBA Tracey Emin, leading makers Michael Brennand-Wood and Grayson Perry (confirmed artist) have also co-authored tapestry this decade, but are not themselves weavers.