The creme of the crafts world have rolled into town for the 15th edition of Collect, the annual contemporary craft extravaganza.
Think of craft and think of country fairs? Think again, craft has had a major resurgence in recent years and Collect is a culmination of the best contemporary works from leading galleries across the world.
The four day exhibition is an opportunity to find unique pieces and invest in high quality craft and design from a supremely talented roster of makers.
From 28 February to 3 March 2019 Collect will occupy the whole of the Saatchi Gallery with 40 galleries, selected by an independent panel of experts, selling the work of over 400 artists. Alongside the galleries, Collect Open returns, with a designated space for 15 individual artists (not yet represented by galleries) to show ambitious and conceptual craft-led installations.
A number of galleries have exhibited at every edition of Collect over the past 15 years. They include, Galerie Marzee (Netherlands), the largest gallery in the world for modern art jewellery who will show work from the legendary Dorothea Prühl; silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill and jeweller Christopher Thompson Royds.
Sarah Myerscough (UK) will present a special collaboration between Nic Webb and Luke Fuller demonstrating the impact of mentor and mentee influences on their work. Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections (UK) presents cast glass by Joseph Harrington, James Oughtibridge’s organic sculptural ceramics and clay pieces by Woman’s Hour Craft Prize winner, Phoebe Cummings.
Todd Merrill (USA) will bring contemporary artists inspired by historic European design. Galeria Rubén Torres (Spain), Cube Gallery (UK), Karin Weber Gallery (Hong Kong) and House of Fly (UK) are all new to the fair as is Galerie Kuzebauch (Czech Republic) whose artists bring the illustrious history of Bohemian glass into the 21st century, and the China Design Centre who will present pieces by Wan Liya and Xiaodong Bian.
The range of galleries from Asia has broadened with new exhibitor the China Design Centre, making their debut, presenting pieces by Wan Liya and Xiaodong Bian. Returning Chinese gallery Ting-Ying presents ceramics by emerging artist Wanling Liang and the Korea Craft and Design Foundation (Korea) presents famed lacquer artist (and Loewe Craft Prize 2018 finalist) Hae Cho Chung.
Exemplary Asian work can also be seen with ESH Gallery (Italy) returning with a focus on lacquerware and the Japanese concept of zuihitsu ‘following the paintbrush’. Leading UK gallery Katie Jones will show new work by Shinya Yamamura (lacquer) and Toru Kaneko (silver) both of whom she represented at the first Collect in 2004.
Collect is held at The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY – from 28th February – 3 March 2019.
Find further information, opening times and tickets here.