18th February 2021

This year, the Crafts Council’s international showcase for contemporary craft – Collect – will return for its 17th edition. At a time when we’re unable to visit this illustrious show at Somerset House in London, collectors will be able to acquire new work by international living makers from the comfort of their own homes, courtesy of a collaboration with the global online art platform Artsy.net. Sales will open to collectors from 24 February and to a wider audience from 26 February 2021 and, for the first time, pieces will be available to purchase for a full month.

Collect Online from 26 February – 24 March HERE.

Cockpit is proud to have seven of its current makers represented by galleries at Collect this year.

Ceramicists Tessa Eastman and Vanessa Hogge are taking part in the innovative Crafting a Difference exhibition at SoShiro Gallery. It’s a physical exhibition of innovative craftsmanship housed in a beautiful townhouse in Marylebone, London. Curated by Brian Kennedy, the exhibition brings together more than 200 pieces of work in ceramics, wood, glass, metals, textiles, paint, paper and plastic by over 70 artists from Cavaliero Finn, jaggedart, MADEINBRITALY, Ting-Ying Gallery and Vessel Gallery. The exhibition is supported by the Michelangelo Foundation and available to view online HERE.

Artist and maker in wood, Eleanor Lakelin, joins Sarah Myerscough Gallery for the presentation Broken Beauty, a collection of works that explore the profound beauty of imperfection and vulnerability through a connection to the natural world, its resilience and fragility. A series of talks with artists will be available to watch on the gallery’s Instagram and website throughout the duration of the fair, with a physical exhibition held in an external venue for London Craft Week in May 2021.

Textile artist, Alicia Rowbotham, is showing with House on Mars Gallery in an exhibition titled Beyond Typology. The gallery’s showcase will consist of an array of materials, formats, and textures, based around the human need for comfort and self-expression. Curator Vanja Bazdulj explains: ‘the showcase is about reimagining and reinventing our environment and our body as more humane and curious places, where we can feel safe and relaxed.’

Jeweller Joy Bonfield-Colombara is showing new work with Galerie Marzee. A driving force in the promotion of contemporary jewellery and metalwork from around the world, Galerie Marzee was founded in 1979 by Marie-José van den Hout in a small gallery space in the Dutch city of Nijmegen. It was then, and remains today, the world’s largest independent gallery for contemporary jewellery.

Artist-weaver Esna Su will be represented by Alveston Fine Art, showing new works from her ‘The Burden I’ collection. It’s a poignant group of pieces from Esna and involves transformational and wearable sculptures to explore the struggle faced by thousands of displaced people in Syria.

Ceramist artist Nico Conti will also have new pieces for sale during Collect with Alveston Fine Art, showcasing his innovative approach combining analogue and digital technologies in his materials.

Images (L-R):
Alicia Rowbotham, Joy Bonfield-Colombara, Eleanor Lakelin, Tessa Eastman, Vanessa Hogge.