In the year of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Highlights Contemporary Craft tour addresses the pertinent theme of conflict, which affects our communities locally, nationally and internationally. In rural environments issues of conservation versus agriculture and industry, of rewilding versus farming are often in the news. In the global environment the devastating effect of war on individuals and communities and culture and the subsequent refugee crisis; and finally, conflicts in relationships and families, personal and professional.
Our artists are carefully selected to bring you the most exciting work being made on the contemporary art scene in the UK and abroad. They include;
Conrad Atkinson whose iconic ceramic land mines will be shown. Atkinson was the official artist of the US Campaign to Ban Landmines (Vietnam Veterans of America) in the 1990’s.
Paul Scott has an international reputation, and is known for his Cumbrian Blues series of ceramics, depicting the foot and mouth crisis http://cumbrianblues.com/.
Mark Gibbs is a sculptor using recycled materials whose recent work focuses on the First World War, exploring remembrance and the folly of Imperialism www.markgibbs.co.uk
Syrian filmmaker Mujahid Abu Aljoud whose film ‘The Architect’, set in Aleppo, is about a young boy rebuilding his city in paper in his bedroom. Joud’s purpose is “a good way for people to feel what is happening there”.
Eva Mileusnic’s Counter-Flow’ is a ceramic installation of 100 slip cast white delicate porcelain pieces representing 50 pairs of feet. Each pair of these ‘feet’ have been decorated with individually created decal transfers of the world’s textile patterns to reference the movement of cultures from one place to another brought by migrants. www.eva.uk.net
Sri Lankan born Sumi Perera’s work touches on private, local and global conflicts, including the civil war that has devastated her country of birth, the Grenfell Tower tragedy and familial conflicts. https://www.sumi-perera.com/
Laura Moreton-Griffiths’s exact replica of an M4 Sherman tank and an AK47 are made out of sewn canvas. She says: “The useless objects that I have made can't hurt anyone. They meditate on what it must be like to make and trade something that can kill. And what it must be like to kill. Or be killed. And the domestic cost of conflict”. lauramoretongriffiths.com
Elisabeth Turrell makes memorials to remember individuals and mark ever continuing conflicts from WW1 to the present day. Originally trained as a jeweller, Turrell makes exquisite pieces in enamel & mixed media that mark the stories of the missing that have inspired and haunted her.
Morwenna Catt’s Sweethearts textile installation looks at how conflict has been memorialised, examining moral and patriotic attitudes over time with is roots in the personal experience of her own family. www.morwennacatt.co.uk
Rhiannon Lewando’s unusual combination of clay and textiles, explores ideas of aftermath and detritus. Her composite sculpture 'The Salient Dead' is a fragmentary approach to contemporary war art in black
Mathew Day’s sculptural prosthetics explore the potential for prosthetic limbs which are made with aesthetic considerations in mind. As well as being functional the work also addresses the conflict between what's acceptable in society, the hiding of missing limbs or the celebration of body and sculpture in plain sight.
Johanna Törnqvist is a Swedish textile artist whose work raises questions about clothes and consumption and how we value today’s material. Her film Precious Trash shows the potential of this limitless discarded material. www.johannatornqvist.com