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MATERIAL CONNECTIONS

Group Exhibition

Curated by Abbie Adams

14th – 22nd September 2019

The Koppel Project Central

Private View: 13th September 2019, 19:00 – 22:00

“Making is connecting because through making things and sharing them in the world, we increase our engagement and connection with our social and physical environments.” (David Gaunttlet)

Material Connections, hosted at The Koppel Projects central gallery, presents an exhibition and five-day workshop series. It will feature works by a group of emerging creatives who look to materials and making to engage in a wider conversation of culture, social and environmental sustainability.

It has been recognised in recent years that craft and making can be a valid and effective way of engaging with people and ideas, from waste streams in agriculture and forestry to the preservation of cultural heritage and redefining of community. Designers are shifting away from an emphasis on direct functionality and are instead instilling narratives through making. In an industry where surface impressions are too often all that matters this exhibition celebrates the inherent integrity of craft-making processes.

The exhibited works are collaborative, bringing together people and materials from all over the world; from ancient glass blowing techniques in Herat, pine bark harvested in Latvia, embroidery from The Jordan Valley and garments hand crocheted by ‘Kanyogoa’ mothers in Uganda. The event seeks to cast light upon practitioners who utilise making as a tool to narrate material fiction and show that shared skill and cooperation are central to creative collaboration.

The workshop series invites the public into each practitioner’s practice and their unique approach to material culture: the connection between human and material. The workshop series and exhibition go hand-in-hand, engaging with exhibited narratives through the act of making deepens the commitment to a cause.

Related Events

Workshops
WORKSHOP SERIES  

15th – 21st September 2019

Mezzanine | The Koppel Project Central

BOTTLE THE FRAGRENT LANGUAGE OF A ROSE.

Studio Merle Bergers

Saturday 14th September 14:00 – 17:00 

EMBROIDERING IDENTITIES.

Eliza Collin & Julie Fox : Samak Bilab Bi Delo

Tuesday 17th September 14:00 – 17:00 

THE TEYOS PROJECT: VESSEL CASTING 

Abbie Adams 

Wednesday 18th 14:00 – 17:00 

WHAT A FINE PINE!

Studio Sarmite 

Thursday 19th September 14:00 – 16:00 

SEEDS OF CHANGE.

Cecily Ophelia 

Friday 20th September 14:00 – 17:00 

NURESTANI CHIP CARVING – A TASTER.

Lazo Studios

Saturday 21st September 14:00 – 17:00 

This event was generously supported by:

Please contact info@thekoppelproject.com for more information.