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Collect 2017: Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi Gallery

SEEN will be visiting the Collect Contemporary Objects Art Show at Saatchi Gallery this February. Of the many fine examples of museum-quality craft on show will be a pair of magnificent tapestries by Grayson Perry.

Grayson Perry © Katie Hyams and Living Architecture
Grayson Perry © Katie Hyams and Living Architecture

Curated and brought to the Saatchi Gallery by the Crafts Council, ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles will occupy all three floors of the iconic Gallery, plus makers working in non-traditional materials with experimental techniques. Artists from all over the world will be represented by over 30 gallerists.

From Thursday 2nd February to Monday 6th February, the event will include talks, a special preview of the Crafts Council Collection before it leaves on tour, and Collect Open, dedicated to concept-driven experimental craft.

In its Familiarity - Golden, Grayson Perry, 2015. Image curtesy of Paragon Press and Victoria Miro
In its Familiarity – Golden, Grayson Perry, 2015. Image curtesy of Paragon Press and Victoria Miro

“…with many engaging events and exhibitions running over the five-day fair, including some surprising installations which will challenge perceptions of what craft is and can be. The public interest in craft is huge and growing – the value of the thriving UK craft market is £3.4bn,” commented Rosy Greenless, Executive Director of the Crafts Council.

The Perfect Match, Grayson Perry, 2015. Image curtesy of Paragon Press and Victoria Miro
The Perfect Match, Grayson Perry, 2015. Image curtesy of Paragon Press and Victoria Miro

The Crafts Council has acquired The Essex Tapestries by Grayson Perry. They will form a special presentation at Collect 2017; subtitled The Life of Julie Cope (2015) the tapestries are part of a suite of works for A House for Essex, designed by Perry and FAT Architecture. The narrative is that of an imaginary Essex Everywoman, Julie, whose biography Perry has told in a poem, which also recounts the long history of Essex since WW2. There will also be a specially commissioned audio recording and visualisation of The Ballad of Julie Cope to accompany the presentation. Visitors to Collect 2017 will be able to download a special app that will bring the tapestries to life, and enable them to hear the ballad, read by the artist.

www.craftscouncil.org.uk

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London
SW3 4RY

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