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Craft Communities

A panel of leading designers and curators discuss the role of craft in building communities.

How can we use craft as a driver for social integration?

Speakers will reflect on communities that have been developed through craft production and consumption, and examine their impact on the landscape of making, in enhancing well-being, and in developing sustainable economic models for the future.

Part of Craft Conversations in collaboration with the LOEWE FOUNDATION.

Image credit: Ashley YK Yeo, Singapore ‘Arbitrary Metrics II’, hand cut paper, dimensions variable. 2015

Image credit: Mercedes Vicente, Spain ‘Scalaria Bifurca’, canvas, 300 x 750 x 330 mm. 2017

Image credit: Laurenz Stockner, Italy ‘Bowl made of copper / elastic shape – Ø 200mm’, copper, 200 x 200 x 100 mm. 2012

Image credit: Shohei Yokoyama, Japan ‘Sei wo harumu (Filling with Silence)’, glass, 1000 x 800 x 750 mm. 2017

Image credit: Kingston University workshop

Booking information

Adult: £12
Student/Concession: £8
Members: £9


Dr Antonia Boström

Dr Antonia Boström returned to the V&A in January 2016 as Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass, having spent almost twenty years working in American art museums. Since October 2017 she has been Acting Director of Collections at the V&A.


Daniel Charny

Daniel Charny leads on Creative Direction. He is an internationally recognised curator, consultant and educator. Projects include founding Fixperts, curating Power of Making, founding curator of the Aram Gallery, creative director of the Maker Library Network and his professorial role at Kingston University.

Dr Catharine Rossi

Dr Catharine Rossi is a design historian based at Kingston University. Her research interests include craft, socially and politically engaged design, and nightclubs. Her publications include Crafting Design in Italy: from Postwar to Postmodernism (MUP, 2015). She recently co-curated Night Fever, an exhibition on nightclubs and design at Vitra Design Museum.

Emma Woffenden

Emma Woffenden is an artist who trained extensively in glass making techniques. She exhibits and lectures internationally and is represented by Marsden Woo gallery in London. Her work is presented in public collections in the USA and Europe. In 2016 completed an appointment as the Artistic Director of North Lands Glass in Scotland.

Natsai Audrey Chieza

Natsai Audrey Chieza is a leading designer, change-maker, and TED speaker working at the intersection of design, biology and technology. She is Founder and Director of Faber Futures, a design research lab that develops tools, methods and frameworks for design-driven biofabrication for the circular economy.

Craft Conversations is part of London Craft Week, an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.


Related exhibition

LOEWE Craft Prize 2018

In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launched the international annual LOEWE Craft Prize to showcase and celebrate newness, excellence and artistic merit in modern craftsmanship.

The LOEWE FOUNDATION was established as a private cultural foundation in 1988 by Enrique Loewe, a fourth-generation member of LOEWE’s founding family. Today, the Foundation continues to promote creativity, organise educational programs and protect cultural heritage in the fields of poetry, dance, photography, design and craft. The Foundation was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish government in 2002.

Background image: Blackhorse Workshop