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Harewood House Trust, Leeds
Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters 

23 March 2019 – 1 September 2019

We are surrounded by the word craft today – whether on food packaging in supermarkets or luxury brands, galleries to gift shops to hobbies at home. What is craft and why does it matters to us today: is it a product or a process? Is it always something handmade? Is it just a marketing buzzword?

The exhibition Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society.

17 May 2019

Friday 17th May, 10.00 – 4.00pm

Price: £45/ £30 for members/ £20 concessions* (including VAT)
*with student card/ unemployed

Expert speakers, industry professionals and makers will explore some of the questions raised by Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters – an exhibition which challenges preconceptions of craft and the role craft plays in our sense of identity, culture and society.

What values do we invest in craft and how does it represent who we are and how we want to live? In a world more reliant than ever on digital and virtual elements, is craft a way to reconnect with the physical realm? Is it an antidote to mass consumption and how can craft thrive in the contemporary market place?

At a time of enormous social, political and environmental change, we will ask whether craft can provide the principles for a more sustainable and happier way of being. With input from a range of specialists and debate from the floor, the symposium will attempt, ultimately, to answer the question of why craft matters.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Alex Langlands, archaeologist, broadcaster and writer whose recent book Cræft: How Traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making has received critical acclaim
Catherine Locke, Creative Director and Co-Founder of The New Craftsmen.
Hugo Macdonald, Curator of Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, Design Critic and Writer
Dr Rachel Dickinson, Director for Education of Ruskin’s Guild of St George and Principal Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Makers and Presenters:
Jahday Ford, A recent graduate, combining the techniques of glass blowing with possibilities of digital software
Lena Peters, Ceramicist whose work plays with folkloric narratives
Juli Bolanos Durman, An artist and designer who repurposes glass objects to create new artefacts
Leszek Sikon, An artisan blacksmith combining modern design with traditional techniques
Jenny King Embroidery, A design and production studio, working in the UK Fashion industry, specialising in Irish Embroidery
Hosted by Jane Marriott, Harewood House Trust Director

River & Rowing Museum, Oxfordshire  
An Earthly Paradise: William Morris and the Thames
1 February 2019 – 14 July 2019

The influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through William Morris’ life and work. The river provided the setting for his leisure time spent angling and boating, inspiration for his designs and writing, and the ideal water conditions for the manufacture of his textiles. One notable Thames boat trip from his London home via Henley to his rural retreat in Oxfordshire was so moving that it inspired his socialist utopia novel, News from Nowhere. 
Explore the Thames through Morris’ eyes: a beautiful retreat from urban excess and the capitalism he despised, a valuable resource continuing the river’s working heritage, and a rich source of creative inspiration. 

The National Gallery of Australia
Love + Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate
14 December 2018 – 28 April 2019

In mid-19th century Britain, a group of rebellious young artists emulated the spirit of early Renaissance painting in protest against the art establishment of the era and society at large. Radically flouting convention, these artists revelled in the use of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering. The Pre-Raphaelites drew inspiration from the great love stories of history and literature, the tempestuousness of lustful entanglements, and the wonder of religious icons. They created a new artistic genre, sometimes poetic and sexy and sometimes raw, that combined medieval romanticism with modern life to produce literary scenes, portraits and landscapes rich in symbolism.
Love and Desire features 50 of the Tate’s most famous and best-loved works, alongside 40 loans from British and Australian collections. With masterpieces such as John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–52William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening conscience 1853 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine 1874, this exhibition is a stunning survey of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. These masterpieces have never been seen in Australia before, and the exhibition truly represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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