This year’s Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour is entitled Craft+Conflict and it takes the theme of conflict in its broadest interpretation, not only marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 but also exploring ideas of rural conflicts, refugees from war and even family conflicts.
Bringing together artists from Syria, Sweden, Sri Lanka and the UK (including three from Highlights’ home county of Cumbria), Craft+Conflict will include an exciting variety of media including ceramics, enamel, film and video, resin and textiles. In parallel, in association with Aileen Brindle of f.o.a.k. (few of a kind collection) work designed and made by refugees supported by the UNHCR’s MADE51 programme will also be exhibited and on sale.
Craft+Conflict opens at The Old Courthouse in Shap on
Saturday 8th September
Wednesday 19th September.
Janet Wood, Highlights promoter at Shap and Trustee of The Old Courthouse, Shap says: “We are thrilled to be hosting the Tour again. ‘Luminosity’ in 2017 generated a lot of visitors. It’s a terrific opportunity for people to see contemporary pieces by a variety of artists, many of whom are known internationally for their work. It will be interesting to see how visitors respond to the emotive subject matter of the Craft + Conflict exhibition.”
The exhibition then moves to a new venue for the Tour, The Forum at Barrow-in-Furness, from Saturday 22 September to Saturday 29 September before heading east to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland and then returning to Cumbria with a week in St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 October.