Saturday 10th June – Saturday 15th July 2017
Private View: Friday 9th June, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Craftivism will showcase the work of artists who have found their voice through craft or who have helped and inspired others to find theirs through socially engaged practice. Bluecoat Display Centre aims to reveal how this social engagement informs the maker’s work alongside the variety of means in which ethically and socially aware work can be manifested.
The exhibition is also inspired by the outreach work of Bluecoat Display Centre in local hospitals and social care groups. Our outreach projects involve local artists teaching individuals craft techniques, with a view to benefit their overall sense of wellbeing. Works by local artists who have played an integral part in our outreach programme will be exhibited.This exhibition is inspired by the term Craftivism, which refers to the combination of craft and activism. It is the utilisation of personal creativity to express an opinion about the wider world. It is a means of reinforcing your voice and bringing about positive action and change through a form of activism that is simultaneously personal to you, whilst being accessible to a broader range of people.
Craftivism has been described as ‘a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite.’ It is formed on the idea that instead of using your voice to express your dissent, you can use your creativity which is often more successful in capturing the imagination and is a means for others to get involved.
With the rise of mass production there can seem to be little need for craft on an individual level. However, this has not dampened the appeal of craft and applied art. In fact, the application of craft and participation in such activities has grown in popularity. Applied art and Craftivism have recently come to the fore owing to the resurgence of interest in traditions: the handmade, vintage and nostalgia. This is in antipathy to the rise of consumerism with its detachment from the making process and subsequent heightened anonymity of the maker.
Craftivism is curated by Gallery Assistant, Jessica Fenna.