Collect Proud to Support Crafts Council's Benefit Auction

  • Grey Burano, Peter Layton, 2016, glass.
Photo: Ester Segarra. Donation courtesy the artist and London

    Grey Burano, Peter Layton, 2016, glass. Photo: Ester Segarra. Donation courtesy the artist and London Glassblowing.


This year Collect is proud support the Crafts Council’s Benefit Auction to raise funds to help build a new home for craft in London.  A flexible and diverse space it will showcase new makers and new making to new audiences.   

The auction will include works kindly donated by artists Grayson Perry, Edmund de Waal, Clare Twomey, and Tord Boontje, and a recent Joseph Harrington commission supported by The Glenlivet

Collect exhibiting galleries that are donating to the auction include: Cynthia Corbett – Artist: Matt Smith; Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections – Artist: Sara Dodd; London Glassblowing;  Flow Gallery – Artist: Hans Henning Pederson;  Sarah Myerscough; Vessel Gallery – Artists: Hanne Enemark and Louis Thompson; WCC-BF. 

The benefit auction is powered by Collect’s official online partner Artsy who are providing a comprehensive online guide to works and exhibitors and aims to raise over £40,000.

Bidding launches at 3pm on Wednesday 25 January will remain open until the end of the fair. Register to bid now at or download the Artsy app. All artworks will be on display at Collect.

The Crafts Council adds an exciting new acquisition to its national Collection of contemporary craft

The Crafts Council has recently acquired an exciting new addition to its national Collection of contemporary craft: a pair of large-scale tapestries by Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003. Presented publically for the first time at Collect, the new acquisitions are on a grand tour of the UK until summer 2019.

Julie Cope is a fictional character created by Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in the exhibition. The Essex House Tapestries: The Life of Julie Cope (2015) illustrate the key events in the heroine’s journey from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953 to her untimely death in a tragic accident on a Colchester street. Rich in cultural and architectural details, the tapestries contain a social history of Essex and modern Britain that everyone can relate to.

The tapestries are shown alongside a graphic installation, and specially commissioned audio recording of The Ballad of Julie Cope, a 3000 word narrative written and read by Perry himself that illuminates Julie’s hopes and fears as she journeys through life.

Purchase supported by the Art Fund, Maylis and James Grand, Victoria Miro and other private donors.

The Crafts Council’s rich exhibition history is celebrated at Collect through objects and posters.

Show Time is the latest exhibition from the Crafts Council. Launching at this year’s Collect in Gallery 11 on the second floor of the Saatchi Gallery, it will revisit the richness of the Crafts Council’s history, juxtaposing posters with a selection of objects from classics exhibition such as True to Type, Objects of Our Time, No Picnic and Power of Making.

The Crafts Council has always sought out exciting graphic designers as well as makers for every exhibition it has staged.  The result is an exhibition which illustrates not only the historic preoccupations of the Crafts Council  - with pieces by such artists as Ann Sutton, David Watkins and Alison Britton - but also highlights the development of British graphic design, with posters from the likes of David King and many Pentagram partners.