Earlier this month the MAKE/CREATE exhibition took place – a collaborative project between Griffin Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Contemporary artists were paired to work with a craft scholar from QEST to create a new work for the Crypt space. I collaborated on a piece with scholar Melissa White who specialises in painting period cloths for museums such as Shakespeare’s House.
The installation was designed specifically for the space and explores our relationship with value and authenticity. It collapsed notions of real against fake, low and high value, and bought together specialist craft, mass production, and contemporary art.
Next Wednesday marks the opening of MAKE/CREATE exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in London. A collaborative venture organised by Griffin Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust which pairs contemporary artists with skilled craftsmen. The spirit of the exhibition lies in the desire to demonstrate the contemporary nature of craft, and the craft involved in art – changing the perceptions of both.
Artists were selected by a judging panel that included Julia Robinson of QEST, Director of Griffin Gallery Becca Pelly-Fry, and Visual Arts and Craft Lead for Arts Council England Richard Edwards.
I have been working with QEST scholar Melissa White. Melissa specialises reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths. She has produced work for numerous museums and heritage sites including Shakespeare’s birthplace and The Summerhouse in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Together we have created a site specific work that references imitation, illusion and fakery, and challenges us to consider our relationship with value and authenticity.
6-10 May 2015
Private View: 6pm-8.30pm | May 6
The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
I will be in the gallery myself on Wednesday afternoon between 1-3pm as well as at the private view from 6-8.30pm so do drop me an email if you can make it during those hours as it would be lovely to see you.