5 May - 24 June 2012
“An exhibition with a difference – it involves you and takes place outside of the gallery! “
So says, Exhibition Officer Laura Mabbutt speaking about ‘Concrete Canvas’ a new exhibition opening on 5 May at The National Centre for Craft & Design.
Taking inspiration from the ever increasing international popularity of Urban, Street and Guerilla art, this exhibition aims to bring colour, social interaction and life to the streets of Sleaford, in Lincolnshire. Site specific artworks by selected artists will pop up throughout the town during the course of the show making us look twice at our immediate surroundings and everyday routines.
Just some of the highlights will include the typography art of international artist Anna Garforth; the dynamic contrast of cement and textiles by Bethany Walker and Anna Collette-Hunt’
Anna Garforth works with a diverse range of materials and skills to create unique and experimental work. With a strong background in design and illustration, her nifty fingers work moss into beautiful lettering, cookie dough into edible posters and rubbish into typographic wonder. Her artworks have been used for public events, community projects, workshops, campaigns, publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally so it is particularly pleasing that she is happy to work with Concrete Canvas in Sleaford.
Recent First Class Honours graduate Bethany Walker uses knitted and embroidered threads and fibres combined with concrete and cement to create slabs which are incorporated into walls to creating a fascinating image of our often overlooked surroundings and upgrading concrete from utility to fashionable status.
There has been a lot of interest lately in yarn bombing – the type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn rather than paint or chalk. And this is how you can get involved. A workshop “Knit the Streets” will take place on Saturday 12 May where you can work with colourful yarn to knit woolly creations or “Keep Calm and Carry Yarn” on Saturday 9 June and join in with a day of workshops, specialist craft stalls and outdoor knitting and crochet master classes.
All the artworks and activities will be captured and documented within an e-book and exhibition staff from The National Centre for Craft & Design will be asking people to make sound recordings, videos, take photos and rubbings of interventions found around the town in order to create an electronic experience of this unusual show.
So join in throughout May and June and make your mark on the Concrete Canvas!
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About The National Centre for Craft and Design located in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
We are a unique and ambitious gallery that exhibits the most innovative, challenging and accomplished craft and design artists practicing within the craft and design arena today.
It has four exciting exhibition spaces; the largest main gallery space in England, a roof top gallery, a vibrant window space, the ExChange space. A learning and events programme is built around the themes of each exhibition and offers a lively and public programme of talks, workshops, conferences, activities, seminars, screenings and demonstration days.
Our retail space provides a visually stunning and inspirational area for demonstrating and promoting creative talent and the licensed café serves locally sourced produce.
The National Centre is ‘home’ to the very best designer/makers in craft practice today.
Open from 10am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day