Perspectives: Patrons and Contemporary Objects

21.06.13 - 31.08.13

Contemporary Applied Arts is delighted to announce the launch show for its new Southwark Gallery: Perspectives Patrons and Contemporary Objects, curated by Amanda Game.

Nora Fok, jewellery

Nicola Henshaw, furniture 

For Perspectives Patrons and Contemporary Objects, Amanda and the CAA team have put the spotlight not just on the makers of beautiful and extraordinary things but also the patrons who support them in so many ways. Eight individual patrons have been invited to nominate a maker whose work they particularly admire and/or have supported in recent years.

Each nominated maker is working on two to three exceptional new works for this exhibition in response to active conversations with both patron and the curator to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Contemporary Applied Arts and its move to the wonderful new Allies and Morrison designed home in a former print works in Southwark Street.

The new collection of ceramics, furniture, silver and jewellery will highlight the pleasure and the value of a dialogue with intelligent making and imaginative design from all perspectives.

Patrons & Artists involved in Perspectives

Linda Brownrigg Lucy Casson (metal) and Nicola Henshaw (wood)
Richard Edgcumbe and Clare Phillips (V&A) Nora Fok (jewellery)
Aloma Marshall (The Edward Marshall Trust) Edward Marshall (furniture)
The Duke of Devonshire James Rigler (ceramics/glass/sculpture)
John Makepeace OBE FCSD FRSA Miriam Hanid (silver)
Philip Hughes (Ruthin Craft Centre) Walter Keeler (ceramics)
John Spayne and Jane Morpeth Gareth Neal (furniture) and Zoe Arnold (jewellery)

For more information on the participating artists, please click on their names.

Miriam Hanid, metal

CAA moves to Southwark

Amanda Game is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company and a freelance curator with over thirty years experience in producing exhibitions of contemporary objects. She says: It is a huge privilege to be working with Director Clare Maddison and her team on this launch project. As a maker led organisation, Contemporary Applied Arts has demonstrated real entrepreneurial flair in finding ways of supporting fine and imaginative making in the UK. The Southwark Street move is a great new chapter in their history.

Oliver Heywood, Senior Associate at Allies and Morrison: We are thrilled to have played a part in this pivotal moment in CAA's history. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting so many of the enthusiastic and thoughtful patrons, curators and makers who have visited the new space during its construction. We believe that good architecture is routed in a sound understanding of context, space, materials and processes; a way of thinking that is echoed in the work to be shown in this inaugural exhibition.

Clare Maddison, Director of CAA: It has involved a great deal of work from many people to get the move in place, and we would particularly like to thank curator Brian Kennedy, all of Allies and Morrison and Amanda for adding their experience and knowledge to our core team to support our growing membership of makers in the UK. We have always believed in supporting a diversity of approaches at CAA and Perspectives highlights this commitment in a clear and forward looking way.



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