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Collaborative Site Specific Work Unveiled in Crypt Gallery

Melissas Design

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.

Contemporary Art Sessions with Primary School Children

Here are a few pictures from the recent sessions I ran for primary school children about installation art and conceptual art. We had great discussions about artworks such as Cornelia Parker’s Dark Matter , Sarah Sze’s magical installations, and what they thought about the ideas behind controvertial works such as Michael Land’s Breakdown. We then worked on our own installation – we talked about what feelings being awarded a “gold star” gave them and then magnified these feelings by obliterating school props with 30,000 gold stickers Yayoi Kusama style!1

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Red Chamber

Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

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Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

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Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

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Chantal Powell. Red Chamber, 2014

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