Crafts Council takes British craft to Design Days Dubai, March 2013
The Crafts Council, operating as the British Crafts Council within an international context, will take a group of contemporary craft makers, gallery owners and educators to the design fair - Design Days Dubai - from 18-21 March 2013.
“British craft makers combine excellent knowledge of their material with a high level of technical skill, creativity and innovation. It is authentic, unique, highly collectible and respected worldwide. We are looking forward to taking a mission to Design Days Dubai in order to help realise the full export and investment potential of British craft.”
The Crafts Council supports the creative and commercial growth of individual craft makers, galleries and craft organisations from Britain. And with the support of UK Trade & Investment it will take four leading commercial galleries and a mission of high-profile advocates to Design Days Dubai.
Eighteen makers, all of whom are based in Britain, will be represented by Gallery Libby Sellers, Gallery SO, Marsden Woo Gallery and Vessel Gallery. Makers include Max Lamb, David Clarke, Simone ten Hompel, Peter Marigold and Martin Smith.
Full list of galleries and makers;
Gallery Libby Sellers; Fabien Cappello, Fredrikson Stallard, Simon Hasan, Max Lamb, Peter Marigold and Rolf Sachs.
Gallery SO; David Clarke, Michael Rowe, Hans Stofer and Simone ten Hompel
Marsden Woo Gallery; Ken Eastman, Chun Liao, Robert Marsden, Martin Smith
Vessel Gallery; Heather Gillespie, Simon Moore, George Papadopoulos and Liam Reeves
The Crafts Council will also contribute to the Design Days Dubai talks and film public programme in order to provide an educational, cultural and commercial perspective on British contemporary craft.
The Crafts Council is exploring its export potential to the emerging markets of the Middle East and Asia whilst continuing its domestic activity, including COLLECT: the international art fair for contemporary objects, at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 10 -13 May 2013.
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“British craft makers combine excellent knowledge of their material with a high level of technical skill, creativity and innovation. It is authentic, unique, highly collectible and respected worldwide. We are looking forward to taking a mission to Design Days Dubai in order to help realise the full export and investment potential of British craft.”Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council
Exceptional British craft showing @designdaysdubai from 18 – 21 March 2013 courtesy of @CraftsCouncilUK and @UKTI
For further information on the Crafts Council at Design Days Dubai please contact Jill Read, Communications Manager, Crafts Council, +44 (0) 20 7806 2549 /
For further information on Design Days Dubai please contact Brunswick Arts, +44 (0) 20 7936 1290 / ,
Notes to Editors
About Design Days Dubai
Design Days Dubai is the first fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. Their goal is to present, both regional and internationally, the best of design to collectors and a wide audience of design enthusiasts.
Through strong cooperation with local partners and a diverse educational programme, they aim to strengthen greater appreciation and understanding for design as a form of applied arts. Design Days Dubai encourages the involvement of emerging talent from the region and acts as focal point for the global design and art community, while becoming a vibrant addition to the region’s cultural scene.
About Gallery Libby Sellers
Gallery Libby Sellers was launched in 2007 with the remit to support critical and progressive designs. Since then Sellers has established her eponymous gallery as a serious contributor to the design world and the careers of the designers in her stable.
About Gallery SO
Gallery S O was founded in 2003 by Felix Flury in Solothurn, Switzerland. The gallery's main focus is the contemporary object, which through an inherent grace of form and materials is able to convey diverse narratives to reflect, not trends and styles, but the attitudes and expressive intentions of the artist/maker.
About Vessel Gallery
Vessel is a store-cum-gallery based in Notting Hill, London. We aim to be a modern Mecca for all those who appreciate good design & beauty in their life, both to look at and to use. The best contemporary glass and ceramic pieces available have been sourced globally. Here you can view a taster selection of our ranges which cover iconic Scandinavian functional design, (Hackman, Stelton, Iittala, Orrefors, Arabia), flamboyant, collectible Italian art glass (Venini, Salviati, Arcade), plus the best of home grown talent.
About Marsden Woo
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, London, Marsden Woo Gallery shows innovative work in the applied arts from internationally recognised artists and talented newcomers. The main gallery hosts a programme of solo and small group exhibitions featuring new work from gallery artists and specially invited guests. Further extensive collections of important work, both contemporary and from the recent past, can be viewed by appointment in our basement space.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to theUKas their global partner of choice.
About the Crafts Council
- For its international work the Crafts Council will operate as the British Crafts Council
- The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.
- We believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK’s social, economic and cultural life.
- We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about craft.
- We believe that the strength of craft lies in its use of traditional and contemporary techniques, ideas and materials to make extraordinary new work.
- We believe that the future of craft lies in nurturing talent; children and young people must be able to learn about craft at school and have access to excellent teaching throughout their education.
- The Crafts Council is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £0.85 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk