Craft Biennale Scotland

The first Craft Biennale Scotland will launch in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and renowned world leader in international arts festivals, with a major exhibition at the prestigious City Art Centre in 2018.

The exhibition will be selected by four international curators: Grace Cochrane (Australia), Hyeyoung Cho (South Korea), Lars Sture (Norway) and Maeve Toal (Scotland).

The vision for Craft Biennale Scotland is to create an exciting new platform for discovering and presenting the very best international craft, showing ambitious works by leading and emerging artists, and to provide an experimental space for imaginative new ways to experience and enjoy craft as a fascinating, thought provoking and inspirational art form. 

The exhibition will enable artists to have their work recognised for excellence within an international context. It will be attended by Scottish, UK and international audiences, and will offer an exciting platform for discussion and critical debate.

In order to best represent the broad diversity of terms used by those working in craft around the world, all exhibitors will be termed ‘artists’.  This approach allows us to welcome entries from crafts practitioners, makers, designers, designer-makers, craft artists, material based artists, and those whose work is affiliated to specific disciplines such as jewellery, metalwork, ceramics, furniture, weaving, textile art, costume, millinery, glass, mosaic etc.

Artistic Concept: ‘Response to Place’

Artists are invited to submit work that responds to a place where they live, remember or imagine, or that contributes to individual identity or nationality, and ways in which we create and express our ‘place’ in the world.

Responses may be overlapping and multi-faceted, and might for example, include visual or other sensory responses to their environment; local materials and indigenous craft practices; cultural and ceremonial traditions; experiences related to migration, political or social upheaval; local and social history; geography; archaeology or how particular forms have developed through interaction with materials or have been designed to perform a particular function.

The exhibition will celebrate the values of crafts practice in the 21st century by bringing together work from around the world, that expresses imaginative contemporary ideas through an understanding of materials, skills and traditions, while at times drawing on references to art, design and industry, and old and new technologies.

We welcome inspirational works which aim to challenge perceptions of craft, whether through scale, technique, design, interpretation of materials or display, including installations and the incorporation of multi-media.

The selection panel will consider the conceptual, visual and physical quality of the work submitted, alongside written responses to the theme. They will then make a collective evaluation of selected works by identifying both divergent and common interpretations of ‘Response to Place’. This will inform how the exhibition is curated and how the different threads are presented within the exhibition.

Deadline for Entries: Friday 1 December 2017, 5pm GMT

Event Properties

Event Date 11-05-2018
Event End Date 08-07-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 01-12-2017
Event Website
City Art Centre, Edinburgh UK
Royal Mile House, St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, UK
City Art Centre, Edinburgh UK

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