Craft Scotland has revealed the designers and makers selected to be showcased at Collect, the international art fair for modern craft and design from Thursday 27 February to Sunday 1 March 2020.
Craft Scotland for the first time will have its own dedicated gallery space making it a real focal point of Collect 2020; showcasing covetable artworks in silversmithing & goldsmithing, furniture making, ceramics, textiles and blacksmithing. A mixture of established artists and exciting new craft talent, the eight makers selected represent some of the most celebrated makers working in Scotland today.
Following a rigorous selection process, one of the eight chosen is Araminta Campbell, who is a member of Textiles Scotland part of UKFT and creates textile work which takes inspiration from Scotland’s landscape to create carefully sourced hand woven pieces.
The other makers chosen include Daniel Freyne, Hamish Dobbie, Angus Ross, Jonathan Wade, Mella Shaw, Naomi McIntosh and Rhona McCallum.
Speaking ahead of the show Craft Scotland Director, Irene Kernan said: “We are delighted to be returning to Collect in 2020 as with every year the reputation of the Craft Scotland showcase grows. Last year saw significant acquisitions of Scottish craft by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the National Museum of Northern Ireland. We look forward to championing the work of these eight Scotland-based makers whose craft embraces experimental techniques and innovative materials and plays with scale and perceptions of materiality. It’s these qualities married to an ambition to push the boundaries of their work that makes Scottish craft so highly sought after at events like Collect. With sales averaging £30,000 across the four days of the event in recent years we hope the makers will enjoy financial benefits as well as professional ones.”
Jessica Bonehill, Creative Industries Officer (Crafts), Creative Scotland said: “Showcasing Scottish work at Somerset House this year will highlight craft as one of Scotland’s strengths. The ambitious and thoughtful work selected represents the innovative ways makers in Scotland are re-imagining their fields and enriching our understanding of what it means to make craft today.”