Rising Stars 2014

Two Cass Graduates have been chosen to feature in Rising Stars, a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts.

Date: 12 March 2014

Two Cass Graduates have been chosen to feature in Rising Stars, a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts. This curated, selling exhibition will tour from the New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, to Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds. Alongside the exhibition is the Symposium dedicated to championing the best contemporary art and craft in the market place. 

Kerstin Haigh 

Graduated in 2011 with jewellery and artefacts crafted in silver and concrete, with themes of personal histories and collective memory. Her work features treasures reaped from narrative gained through collecting friends' objects and experiences about their travels. She describes herself as a ‘collector of stories and fragments narrated as jewellery and sculpture.’ 

Juliette Bigley 

Graduated only last year and has already made a mark in the world of silversmithing with her collections of raised vessels. Of her work she says; ‘We all use favourite objects – some obvious, some seemingly inconsequential – to augment our experiences and emotions and these frequently over-looked everyday companions make our tea more warming, our food taste better and add a depth to our experiences that we may not know is there until an a favourite object-friend is lost or broken. The sense of loss that accompanies this tells of the ability that these objects have to transform not only themselves but our relationship to them. I explore these transformations through my work as well as the relationships and interactions that characterise them to make pieces that are both sculptural and functional and I aim for my pieces to look as good when they’re not in use as they are functional when on the table.’

The Symposium is a professional development event held for makers featuring speakers from the Crafts Council, Surrey Arts, a-n The Artist Information Company and Making Space. Speakers include:

Dr Maureen Bampton, Director of the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool, Madeline Furness, Maker Development Officer for the Crafts Council and Dr Outi Remes, Director of the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

The event is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

The Exhbition will be held at; the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (8th March-19th April), Milton Keynes Arts Centre (26 April- 31st May) and Smiths Row, Bury St. Edmunds (7th June-12th July).

Free admission, booking required

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News details

Date: Friday 21 March 2014
Location: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
Book: Symposium for Artists and Makers

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