Collect 2021: Talks

Feb 15, 2021 11:11AM

In association with Crafts magazine and in collaboration with partners and sponsors. Collect art fair, 26 Feb - 2 Mar

Breaking the Boundaries of Craft: LOEWE FOUNDATION

Friday 26 February 12 noon (GMT)

An international panel from the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize finalists will discuss the boundaries of craft: its relationship with technology, new materials, art, legacy and contemporary culture. The online conversation – with ceramist Takeshi Yasuda, textile artist Yeonsoon Chang, glass maker Harry Morgan and jeweller Patricia Domingues, conducted by journalist and art historian Anatxu Zabalbeascoa – will include videos showing the evolution of the makers’ work.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize trophy

The Fielding Talk: In conversation with Magdalene Odundo DBE

Friday 26 February, 5pm (GMT)

For this year's Crafts Council Fielding Talk, in which makers discuss their creativity in depth, renowned ceramicist Magdalene Odundo DBE will be in conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford, director of the V&A East and columnist for Crafts magazine. Following the success of her 2019 exhibition The Journey of Things, Odundo will explore how she has developed her unique practice.

Magdalene Odundo DBE in her studio. Photo: A.K Perkiss


Crafting the New Normal

Monday 1 March, 2pm (GMT)

Almost a year since the international art circuit went into lockdown, we reflect on a seismic year for the market and explore how this has impacted on craft, and consider what steps will be needed to help the sector recover, and what positive changes can we adapt for good. Speakers include: Collect gallerist Angel Monzon, Vessel Gallery; Christopher Day, glass artist; Denis Shafranik, collector; and Anders Peterson, Art Tactic; chaired by Natalie Melton, creative director at the Crafts Council.

Emmett Till by Christopher Day, 2019, represented by Vessel Gallery


Edmund de Waal in conversation with Glenn Adamson

Monday 1 March, 6pm (GMT)

Since artist and author Edmund de Waal exhibited at the very first Collect in 2004, he has established an expansive art practice that pushes the potential of ceramics, while engaging with history, architecture, music and poetry. In this talk, hosted by Crafts, he will discuss the meaning of craft today, its relationship to contemporary art, and his eagerly anticipated new book, Letters to Camondo, out in April, with the curator and critic Glenn Adamson, Crafts’ editor-at-large.

Edmund de Waal in his studio. Photo: Tom Jamieson

House & Garden Presents: What role does contemporary craft play in the home?

Tuesday 2 March, 2pm (GMT)

House & Garden's Elizabeth Metcalfe is joined by talented interior designer Sophie Ashby, London-based gallerist Juliana Cavaliero from Cavaliero Finn and Paris-based gallerist Laurence Bonnel from Galerie SCENE OUVERTE to discuss the importance of contemporary craft and how it can enrich the interiors we live in.

SIDE TABLE 1 by Abel Carcamo, 2020, represented by Galerie SCENE OUVERTE

The Maker Revolution: Can craft save our cities?

Tuesday 2 March, 4pm (GMT)

Our high streets were already in trouble before the pandemic, and now our urban centres are facing pressure like never before. This talk, hosted by Crafts, will explore the role of makers and galleries in urban regeneration and how they can bring life back to the heart of our cities. A panel of experts includes designer and space-maker Morag Myerscough, cultural strategist Chenine Bhathena (creative director of Coventry 2021, UK City of Culture) and Caitlin Warfield of Brookfield Properties.

A New Now by Morag Myerscough. Photo by Thomas Lang



Watch Collect VIP Talks here:

Please see below for a series of talks that formed part of the Collect VIP Programme for 2021. These were recorded at the time for you to enjoy. The full playlist is availble to view here.

Collect Selects No1: Ceramic and Glass

In association with Sotheby’s

Since the inaugural fair, Collect has been a platform for some of the finest names in Ceramics and Glass from around the world. Each year galleries bring new work from established names and introduce new talent and there are hundreds of objects to see and buy.Join Sotheby’s specialists Julia Fischel and Robin Cawdron-Stewart as they take a look at some of their top picks from ceramic and glass at Collect 2021, talk about artists to watch and the hottest trends in galleries and at auction.

Collect Selects No2: Textiles and New Materials

In association with the V&A and RCA

This event brings Dr Christine Checinska, British womenswear designer, art historian and Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum together with Anne Toomey, Head of Programme and Reader in Smart Textiles at the Royal College of Art to discuss their selection of stand-out objects at this year's Collect Art fair. Christine and Anne will introduce you to the work of new emerging makers as well as established textile artists.

Collect Selects No 3: Art Jewellery and Precious Metalwork

In association with The Goldsmiths’ Company

Founder of KTW London Katy Wickremesinghe joins internationally renowned fine jewellery designer Stephen Webster MBE and Liveryman of The Goldsmiths’ Company along with Collect’s Consultant Daniella Wells to cream off some top picks from art jewellery and metal at Collect 2021.Katy and Stephen will share their passion for jewellery with you by reviewing a selection of wearables from the fair and take a look at some of the exquisite craftmanship in metal. Daniella lends a voice about the expertise from galleries that have been the driving force behind supporting the pioneering creativity in this field.

Collect Selects No 4: Wood, paper and larger scale works

In association with Interior Style Hunter

Grant Pierrus (Interior Style Hunter) in conversation with Collect gallerist Sarah Myerscough, Director at Marchmont House and collector Hugo Burge, and interior designer Nicky Dobree to talk about their love of artists who work in wood and related materials.A selection of work available at the fair will be discussed including artists represented as part of Sarah Myerscough Collect selection ‘Broken Beauty’. The panel will share their passion for the stunning works inspired by this wonderful material along with how to start collecting and the enjoyment of living with exceptional contemporary craft.

Cox London presents: The Collectors, modern craft in the hands of interior designers

In association with Cox London

Cox London live to landscape interior worlds. Naturally drawn to like-minded makers and designers, in this film House & Garden Editor, Hatta Byng, talks to Melissa Hamilton (Interior Design Director at Studio Indigo), Hugh Leslie (Hugh Leslie Design), Olivia Outred (Olivia Outred Studio) and Chris Cox (Creative Director at Cox London) about how the best handmade work serves both the eye of the creator and the eye of the beholder. Filmed at the Cox Studio, the designers discuss their extraordinary picks from this year’s Collect galleries. Thank you to Oxford Ceramics and Cavaliero Finn for providing artworks for the film.

Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award Event

In association with Brookfield Properties

Collect 2021 Award Partner Brookfield Properties and the Crafts Council will host a live event to announce the winner of the Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award and subsequent purchase of works and artist exhibition. The winner will be chosen from artists being presented by galleries at Collect 2021.