It was lovely to see The Crafts Council’s, Collect 2022, return to Somerset House this year.
Collect is the highlight of the year for me. Where else can you see such an amazing collection of creative ideas and exceptionally talented artists?
As soon as I arrived I started snapping away with my camera at all the exhibits that caught my eye. I have had to narrow this down to just a small edited selection, so that I can give you a quick tour of the show. However, this is only a brief glimpse of some of the truly amazing work on show. I may have missed out some of the artists featured in previous posts so if you are new to my posts you can catch them on Collect 2020.
Collect Open provides makers a unique platform to showcase an ambitious project which make a social or political statement, or something altogether more personal. The chosen projects were selected by artist Lorna Hamilton-Brown, curator Annabelle Campbell, the Crafts Council’s fair director Isobel Dennis and head of craft business skills Caroline Jackman.
UK artists Sharon Griffin and Wayne Chisnall had created a collaborative sculptural project during the Covid-19 Lockdowns called Unlockdown. A visual representation of their own personal experiences throughout isolation. Combining clay, wood, metals and found objects they continually passed the sculpture back and forth between each other. Creating a dialogue to raise awareness of issues of isolation, wellbeing and mental health.