Precious: Reclaiming Art and Craft

Mon 18 Jan 2010 by Penny_Dann

Poster for Mark Oliver's Exhibition

Annexe Studio member Mark Oliver is a contributor to

Reclaiming Art and Craft
Hove Museum & Art Gallery
30 January to 23 May 2010
Free admission

Be dazzled by the beauty in the overlooked and discarded.

Taking a highly innovative approach to contemporary craft, Hove Museum & Art Gallery commissioned ten artists and makers to create new pieces, and nine to exhibit existing work. Precious is the result, produced from objects which have had a previous life.

* 20 unique, show-stopping pieces – precious objects, all have had a previous life. Waste paper and fabric are transformed, landscapes made from computer parts, taps take on a new twist. Books, parts of furniture, drink cans are all reclaimed and re-made.
* 19 nationally and internationally known artists – explore where their imaginations can take you. Coming from all over the country and selected from 300 applicants, the makers reflect all aspects of contemporary craft in Britain today. For anyone who has ever glanced at a second-hand item and wondered where it came from, these artists explore where these objects can take you.

Nothing in this exhibition is what you expect.

Precious is created by Matt Smith, guest curator, and Polly Harknett, Curator of Contemporary Craft at Brighton & Hove Museums. After being shown at Hove Museum, it will take on a new life on tour to five other venues around the UK.
Participating makers

Tracey Bush
Kelvin Birk
Circus Kinetica
David Clarke
Donya Coward
Mary Crabb
Stephanie Douet
Amy Douglas
Jools Johnson
Becky Knight
Margaret Marks
Andrew Mockett
Joanna Mowbray
Mark Oliver
Claire Palfreyman
Kate Parrott
Betty Pepper
Jasmine Pradissitto
Pamela Schilderman

Precious is a Brighton & Hove Museums exhibition
Precious is supported by Arts Council England