Collect 2018: UK's biggest showcase of global craft

Desire by Louis Thompson represented by London Glassblowing. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Organised by the Crafts Council, Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is a celebration of cutting-edge, museum-quality craft in the UK.

The industry, which is currently profiting from a revival of interest, both in an artistic and economic sense, sees artists increasingly turning to hands-on, skilled techniques to create their art. Now in its 14th edition, ‘Collect’ will gather 39 of the most prestigious galleries together, showcasing more than 400 artists’ work overall.

In addition, a further unveiling of work from 14 different makers, selected by special guests Jay Osgerby, the Crafts Council’s Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Annabelle Campbell and Project Curator Julia Ravenscroft, will take place from 22 to 25 February 2018.

Exhibited at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, these key pieces from innovative studio pottery to bold, large-scale installations that push material boundaries, explore pressing social and environmental themes.

A whole host of designers, artists and institutions including London-based gallery Ting-Ying, world-renowned glassblower Peter Layton and recent Winner of the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Phoebe Cummings, will offer insights spanning the leading disciplines of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalsmithing and glass.

Furthermore, Collect Talks will provide a three-day programme of discussions and Q&As, which will see leading international voices from the worlds of design, art, architecture and fashion explore the evolving role of craft in all sectors of society.

Annie Warburton, Creative Director at Crafts Council, said: "As we look forward to this 14th edition of Collect, the international market for contemporary craft has never been more buoyant. This is reflected in a record number of exhibiting galleries this year, representing leading artists and makers from four continents.

"British studio ceramics have been enjoying something of a moment, celebrated in a slew of recent exhibitions and major publications. In response, a new element at the fair, Masters of British Studio Pottery, will showcase masterpieces and rare works from some of the biggest names in British 20th century ceramics.

"And, as ever, we’re proud to introduce fresh new talent alongside established artists, cementing Collect’s reputation as the place to spot the stars of the future."

For more information about the event, visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk.

All images courtesy of Zettler

Ash2017 by Marc Ricourt represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Ash2017 by Marc Ricourt represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Elliptical Woven Chair by Isabelle Moore represented by Crafts Scotland. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Elliptical Woven Chair by Isabelle Moore represented by Crafts Scotland. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Jewellery by Romilly Saumarez Smith, Andrew Lamb and Daphne Krinos represented by Goldsmiths’ Fair. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Jewellery by Romilly Saumarez Smith, Andrew Lamb and Daphne Krinos represented by Goldsmiths’ Fair. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Net by Annie Turner represented by Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Net by Annie Turner represented by Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Sea Mint Baby Cloud Bundle by Tessa Eastman represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Sea Mint Baby Cloud Bundle by Tessa Eastman represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Yellow & Grey Undulating Vessels by Ashraf Hanna represented by Cavaliero Finn. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed

Yellow & Grey Undulating Vessels by Ashraf Hanna represented by Cavaliero Finn. Photo Jake Curtis, art direction Hana Al Sayed