We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Collect which takes place for the first time at Somerset House in London from 27th February to 1st March 2020
As we gear up to our next exhibition, Collect, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for modern craft and design, we are delighted to give you the first glimpse of just some of the covetable ceramic works our artists have been making for the show.
Held at Somerset House, Collect’s new venue, we’ll be showcasing the work of 11 of our artists in Room W11 by the VIP room in the West Wing of the building.
New to our stand this year is the work of; Hannah Tounsend, Mimi Joung, Nicholas Lees and Leah Jensen, all of whom have never shown their work at Collect before.
Having won the ‘FRESH’ award in 2015, Hannah Tounsend was a finalist for AWARD 2019 at the British Ceramics Biennial, an award for excellence, innovation and creative ambition. Hannah will present an ambitious installation of large, painterly Statement Vessels for Collect
Having just delivered three of Nicholas Lees vessels to The Fitzwilliam Museum, following their purchase at our recent show, Alter at Fitzrovia Chapel, we are proud to be presenting a new series of Nicholas’ intensely hand-crafted porcelain vessels. The new work will include a framed installation, ‘Littoral’ which refers directly to the liminal space of the shoreline. It explores relationships of positive and negative space and of variation in tone and materiality between the objects.
Following her exhibition at the Sfera Gallery in 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, Mimi Joung will present a new selection of works inspired by the book ‘In Watermelon Sugar’ by Richard Brautigan. Written in 1968 and set in the aftermath of a fallen civilisation, the book focuses on a commune in a utopian place iDEATH where every day has a different coloured sun and the people lead gentle lives in Watermelon Sugar. Mimi’s work explores language and every ceramic sculpture she produces encompasses the words from each chapter, starting and ending where each chapter starts and stops. Like poetry, each chapter carries its own uniqueness, made up of strange and dreamlike quotes which are incorporated into her pieces, sometimes recognisable, at other times more abstract in form.
Following her debut at Alter, Leah Jensen will present a new carved stoneware sculpture derived from the renaissance painting, St Francis Preaching to the Birds by Giotto Di Bondone (1266-1337) (featured below).
Daniel Reynolds is currently working on the finishing touches of a new kinetic sculpture, “Madrigal”, commissioned by the Crafts Council UK and Cavaliero Finn to be the centrepiece of Collect Fair 2020.
The piece, which measures 2m x 2.7m, will be the largest he has created to date. It will rotate gently in the Oval Alcove in the West Wing of London’s Somerset House.
We will also have an additional sculpture, “Yanomami Gourd” on the stand.
Alongside his study of burnished and carved 19th-century Egyptian pottery for an exhibition at the V&A in 2020, Ashraf Hanna has created a new body of finely sculpted undulating and cut and altered vessel forms for us for Collect.
Following closely after her Loewe Craft Prize Finalist Exhibition in Tokyo last year, Annie Turner has made a new collection of work inspired by the River Deben in Suffolk.
We will also have a wonderful collection of new work by Matthew Chambers (featured above), Frances Priest (featured above), Ikuko Iwamoto (featured below) and Sun Kim.
Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design. Through the years Collect has been instrumental in defining and growing the market for contemporary craft.
Collect celebrates over 400 artists presented by galleries coming from across the globe to this London stage, showcasing exceptional works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and textiles to makers working in non-traditional materials with experimental techniques.
Cavaliero Finn can be found in the West Wing in room W11
Collect Opening Hours
Thu 27 Feb – 11.00-17.00
Fri 28 Feb – 11.00-18.00
Sat 29 Feb – 11.00-18.00
Sun 1 Mar – 11.00-18.00