Oct
26
to Jan 3

Crop

  • 1 White Hart Lane London, England, SW13 0PX United Kingdom (map)
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Sisal Bench by Fernando Laposse

Sisal Bench by Fernando Laposse

A sensory exhibition of international artist-designer-makers connected to the natural world through process, material and a concern for the environment

ARKO - Rice straw 

Laura Ellen Bacon – Willow             

Sebastian Cox - Wheat and straw

Soojin Kang - Wild silk, cotton and linen

Fernando Laposse - Corn and sisal         

Naoko Serino – Jute        

Tim Johnson - Reedmace, jacinthe and esparto                 

Caroline Sharp – Birch and willow     

Sarah Myerscough Gallery embraces the contemporary zeitgeist for new and alternative craft and design practices which express current socio-political and philosophical discourses, in particular those connected with environmental debates. As such, its aesthetic focuses on artist-designer-makers who have a formal and conceptual interest in natural materials and traditional craft skills.

CROP has been inspired by time spent this summer travelling around the British countryside and meeting with artist-designer-makers who are intuitively connected to nature. It informs their practices in many ways, for example through ecological concerns or an affinity with raw and organic materials and processes of making, which have been passed down through the generations. 

Expanding the geographical focus of the exhibition, the show includes international artist-designer-makers working with different crops from around the world, to investigate the rich and varied narratives behind their works.  

Several of the artist-designer-makers are engaged in social and environmental research and their work is a performative expression of their theoretical positions. Sebastian Cox recently completed his bold and insightful manifesto Modern life from wilder land, in which he asks that we take responsibility for our emissions and our wildlife. His thatched bread baskets for CROP are constructed by hand from heritage wheat, as opposed to chemically grown wheat that leaves fields bereft of wildlife. These objects reflect a more harmonious relationship between the domesticated and non-domesticated worlds; layered, diverse and wild. 

Similarly, Fernando Laposse’s deals with important environmental concerns through his extensive research into the location of materials and their historical and cultural connotations. This has fuelled his passionate interest in sustainability, the loss of biodiversity and community disenfranchisement. The new sisal bench for CROP presents the material in its raw state to demonstrate the simplicity of process from plant to final product. Laposse harvests and crushes the fibres, combs and knots it by hand to make his hairy furniture pieces. 

Naoko Serino’s felted jute sculptures are expressions ‘that contain light and air’. Her attraction to the material comes from the fact that it feels both transient and solid, akin to interior memories, thoughts and emotions. She uses it to translate these abstract mental sensations into a physical form, thereby transforming them into experiences that can be shared with a wider community. 

Others in the exhibition are more solely focused on material and process. For example, Laura Ellen Bacon works with Somerset willow and has developed her own language of tying and interlacing soaked strands of this material to construct biomorphic forms that feel strangely familiar. Bacon’s immersive and physically demanding process of making is normally performance and installation based, so her organic bench form specially constructed for CROP represents the beginnings of an entirely new direction in her practice. 

ARKO’s sculptures use rice straw, a by-product of the rice plant. It previously played a significant role in everyday Japanese life and was used to make items such as shoes, coats, blankets and food wrappers. Now its main use is in making traditional straw festoons, which are holy ornaments for Shinto New Year ceremonies. It has almost faded out from modern life, despite large volumes of rice crop still being produced for food consumption. ARKO’s practice aims to reinvigorate the material by creating something new with it, to inspire feelings of natural providence, which is often overlooked in today’s digital and commercially-oriented society.

Ultimately, CROP explores the rich tapestry of narratives around a deeply important topic; it celebrates the possibilities of the natural world and showcases the creative and innovative talent within this pioneering movement in craft and design.

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Oct
2
to Oct 6

PAD London 2019

  • Berkeley Square London, England United Kingdom (map)
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New ICE Series by Egvaerk debuting at PAD

New ICE Series by Egvaerk debuting at PAD

PAD London
2 - 6 October 2019
Stand A6 / Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BR

Featured designers: Maisie Broadhead, Alison Crowther, Egeværk, Ernst Gamperl, Luke Fuller, Christopher Kurtz, Eleanor Lakelin, Victoria Magniant, John Makepeace OBE, Kate MccGwire, Peter Marigold & Tadanori Tozawa, Gareth Neal, Marc Ricourt, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Adi Toch and Nic Webb

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New gallery space - opening show: Scorched
Jun
10
to Jul 11

New gallery space - opening show: Scorched

Photo: James Harris

Sarah Myerscough Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of a new permanent London space on 10th June 2019, at The Old Boathouse, 1 White Heart Lane, London, SW13 0PX. Situated on the river in Barnes, this relocation is an important new chapter and exciting opportunity to curate seminal exhibitions reflective of the contemporary dialogues in craft and design.

The gallery represents highly-skilled international artist-designer-makers, whose practices are grounded in craft-making traditions but defined by contemporary innovation and invention. Through diverse making processes, they collectively embrace the complex intersections between history and future; hand and technology; form and function. By curating a specialist programme of exhibitions, the gallery aims to support this movement within the arts, which advocates the importance of retaining elements of the past, to mould a vision of the future.

The gallery’s aesthetic is clearly centred on material-led processes and relishes the connection to the natural world: organic material and form, with a focus on wood. It embraces the elemental and imperfect to seek creative authenticity and integrity, indulging in texture, tactility and sensory experience, which informs each object and unique sculptural furniture piece. Nick Compton in Hole and Corner comments that, “Myerscough represents a collection of more than 20 artist-makers – and together they represent a unique and compelling take on what contemporary craft can and should be; not perfect or obviously pretty, nor backward looking, but born of an intimate understanding of material and the cause and effect of craft skills”.

Sarah Myerscough aims to promote this new breed of artist-designer-maker at the highest level by exhibiting at the world’s pre-eminent art, design and craft fairs and placing works within significant private and public collections. It brings their practices to a wider international audience, so that their exceptional creative vision is properly acknowledged.

Essentially, the ultimate ambition is an engagement with unique art, design and craft pieces, which are imbued with narrative and material intelligence. This concept is perhaps best described by Glenn Adamson in his book Fewer, Better, Things (Bloomsbury New York, 2018):

“…What if we were to approach every object according to its potential narrative and meaning - the way that we give a toy to a child or a ring to a spouse? …If we were to bring objects into our lives one by one, each time with genuine care, it would be better for us, better for society, better for the planet.”

Established in 1998, Sarah Myerscough Gallery represents a distinguished group of contemporary craft and design artists, specialising in material-led processes with a focus on wood. The gallery works in both public and private collections, maintains a full programme of exhibitions and participates in leading art fairs around the world, including PAD London, Masterpiece London, Design Miami/Basel, Design Miami, SALON Art + Design New York, and FOG Design + Art San Francisco.

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Scorched by Sarah Myerscough at Fitzrovia Chapel, as part of London Craft Week
May
8
to May 12

Scorched by Sarah Myerscough at Fitzrovia Chapel, as part of London Craft Week

Sarah Myerscough is delighted to present Scorched, an exhibition of scorched wood pieces by leading contemporary artists and designers, organised as part of London Craft Week 2019. The exhibition also includes a series of artists' talks throughout the week.

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COLLECT 2019
Feb
28
to Mar 3

COLLECT 2019

Sarah Myerscough Gallery at Collect 2019, Photo credit: Iona Wolff

Sarah Myerscough Gallery at Collect 2019, Photo credit: Iona Wolff

COLLECT International Art Fair for Modern Craft & Design

Dates:
28 February - 3 March

Venue:
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Rd
Chelsea London SW3 4RY
Ground Floor 3.1

Talks

Gareth Neal & John Makepeace
Technology in Contemporary Craft / Collect Talk Space / Friday 1 March at 3pm 

Nic Webb & Luke Fuller
Mentor & Protégé / Booth Talk Stand 3.1 / Sunday 3 March at 2.15pm

For more information on the fair please visit https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/collect/

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Jan
17
to Jan 20

Fog Design + Art 2019

Fog Design + Art 2018 

Fort Mason Center 
Festival Pavilion 2
Marina Boulevard 
San Francisco, CA 94123

Booth 108 

16 January, Collector's preview
17 - 20 January, public opening 

For more information on the fair please visit https://fogfair.com/

Designers/makers featured: Niamh Barry, Ernst Gamperl, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal and Zaha Hadid, Peter Marigold and Tadanori Tozawa, Michael Peterson, Marc Ricourt, Marcin Rusak, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.

Photo credit: Peter Baker

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Oct
1
to Oct 7

PAD London 2018

PAD Art + Design London 2018
Berkeley Square, London

Booth A6

Mon 1 October, 11am - 8pm: Collectors' preview (by invitation only)
Tue 2 October, 11am - 8pm: VIP preview (by invitation only)
Wed 3 - Sat 6 October, 11am - 8pm
Sun 7 October, 11am - 6pm

Further information about the fair: https://www.pad-fairs.com/london/

Photo: James Harris

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PAD London 2017
Oct
2
to Oct 8

PAD London 2017

Designers: Beatwoven, Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Marcin Rusak, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.

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British Land: Craft and Contemporary Design
Sep
4
to Nov 2

British Land: Craft and Contemporary Design

Venue: 201 Bishopsgate, Broadgate EC2M 3AB London
Viewings are available by appointment.

Meet the Designers: David Gates, Eleanor Lakelin and Gareth Neal in conversation
Friday 20 October, 12-2pm
RSVP required: florence@sarahmyerscough.com

To celebrate our Shaped By Design season, British Land is delighted to present Craft and Contemporary Design, an exhibition of design focused pieces by a range of London based and international artists in association with Sarah Myerscough Gallery. Preserving traditional hand-crafting skills and formed through environmentally aware practices, each artwork and furniture item showcased is unique.

The curated exhibition brings together a group of internationally renowned and highly skilled craft and design artists, working with wood through innovative and creative practices. They investigate the relationship between function and form via traditional woodturning and furniture techniques as well as the application of new technologies, to create unique and limited edition elegant sculptural pieces. Craft is central to today’s contemporary art and design discourse. It acts as a medium that reconnects with nature through making processes and a strong understanding of material, emphasising the value of the handmade and the beauty of imperfections. T he contemporary works here on display are its strongest advocates.

Featuring works by: Christian Burchard (USA), Helen Carnac (UK), Eleanor Lakelin (UK), Ernst Gamperl (Germany), David Gates (UK), Zaha Hadid (UK), Peter Marigold (UK), Gareth Neal (UK), Jim Partridge (UK), Michael Peterson (USA), Marc Ricourt (France), Nic Webb (UK).

Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal VE-SEL, 2014. American white oak, ebonised, 34 x 87.5 x 30 cm, edition of 12. Photo by Petr Krejci

Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal VE-SEL, 2014. American white oak, ebonised, 34 x 87.5 x 30 cm, edition of 12. Photo by Petr Krejci

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Elements: The Beauty of Imperfection
Sep
2
to Sep 23

Elements: The Beauty of Imperfection

2-13 September 2017, Bamford Barn, Daylesford, Gloucestershire
16-13 September 2017, 169 Draycott Ave, South Kensington, London SW3 3AJ

The curated exhibition will bring together a group of highly skilled and innovative designers and artists that respond to elements of nature, through process, material and philosophy. In today’s world of high technology, craft has a distinct and powerful role to play in culture and feels more in tune with contemporary art philosophies now, more than ever. It is an essential need to re-connect with the elements in nature where natural harmonies and the beauty of imperfection are conceptualised through traditional processes of hand-crafting with organic and recyclable materials such as clay, wood, glass and natural fibres. 

Featuring works by: Christian Burchard (USA), Ernst Gamperl (Germany), Akiko Hirai (UK), Marlène Huissoud (UK), Eleanor Lakelin (UK), Pascal Oudet (France), Michael Peterson (USA), Marc Ricourt (France), Wycliffe Stutchbury (UK), Nic Webb (UK).

Wycliffe Stutchbury. Annie's Wood/Hundred Foot Drain, 2017. Common holly, European oak and bog oak, 186 x 190 x 2.5 cm and Nic Webb. Treen, 2017. Hand carved Redwood 70 x 67 x 23 cm. Photo Callum Richards

Wycliffe Stutchbury. Annie's Wood/Hundred Foot Drain, 2017. Common holly, European oak and bog oak, 186 x 190 x 2.5 cm and Nic Webb. Treen, 2017. Hand carved Redwood 70 x 67 x 23 cm. Photo Callum Richards

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Design Miami/Basel 2017
Jun
13
to Jun 18

Design Miami/Basel 2017

Works by Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Ruth Gurvich (kindly loaned by Vacheron Constantin), Zaha Hadid, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh and Nic Webb. 

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LONDON CRAFT WEEK: 3 - 7 May
May
3
to May 7

LONDON CRAFT WEEK: 3 - 7 May

Sarah Myerscough Selects at Cockpit Arts Studios, Holborn: Wednesday 3 May, 6 - 7.30pm 

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Cockpit Arts' trustee Sarah Myerscough guides an hour-long tour of selected makers based at the Holborn studios. The tour includes insights into the practices of ceramicist Claudia Wassiczek, product design duo Studio Ayaskan and artist-jeweller Katrin Spranger.

Gareth Neal at the Carpenters Hall, The Commission: Thursday 4 May, 2.30 - 4pm

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Sarah Myerscough, the designer Gareth Neal and the Clerk of the Carpenters' Company discuss the acquisition of Black Ve-sel, a collaborative wood sculptural piece created by the eminent architect Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal. Followed by a historical tour of the building. 

Ernst Gamperl at the V&A: Friday 5 May, 4pm

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Antonia Boström, Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass at the V&A, talks with Ernst Gamperl about his turned wooden forms and the museum's acquisitions of his work. 

Ernst Gamperl, Object in Oak, 2015. Photo Bernhard Spoettel

Ernst Gamperl, Object in Oak, 2015. Photo Bernhard Spoettel

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