Aspex is seeking emerging craft artists, designers and makers working in all media for its open submission exhibition CRAFT EMERGENCY. This is an international opportunity, seeking applications from anyone who considers themselves to be an emerging craft artist.
This years CRAFT EMERGENCY is in collaboration with Making Space, a studio and craft development organisation located in Havant.
Director of Making Space Lynne Dick, said: “I was a panellist for the first CRAFT EMERGENCY and it’s great to be back working in partnership with Aspex. Very often craft can be seen as something to be viewed in a shop or sold at a weekend craft fair – with no place in a contemporary art gallery, but Aspex is taking a lead in developing new exhibition opportunities and supporting new talent, and I’m pleased Making Space is helping to make this happen.”
A maximum of fifteen artists will be selected for a group show, which will open in November 2016. During this exhibition a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition at Aspex in 2018, as well as a fee of £1,000.
The selectors are: Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space; Thomas Appleton, Letter carver & Stonemason and Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex.
Selector, and CRAFT EMERGENCY 2014 winner Thomas Appleton said: “winning CRAFT EMERGENCY created an incredible opportunity to develop my creative practice. Working with Aspex has had a profound impact on my work.”
Previous winners include Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, whose solo show ‘Waldeinsamkeit’ previewed at Aspex earlier this month.
Malene said: “CRAFT EMERGENCY is special to me, as it was the first prize I won with my ceramic work. Winning Craft Emergency gave me the opportunity, a great gallery-space and the time needed, to plan and design what is the largest show I’ve done till date.”
Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex, said: “Having developed Craft Emergency steadily over the last few years, and having had the opportunity to present ambitious solo exhibitions by both of our last two winners, we are thrilled to be presenting the group exhibition in our main gallery space for the first time. We are extremely interested in exploring the way we can support the development of designer/makers, from sales in our shop through to our exhibition programme, so Craft Emergency and our partnership with Making Space is a key part of this strategy.”
Deadline for submissions is Sunday 10 July.