Artefact is a new contemporary craft fair launching at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, the world’s premier design destination.
Attracting top designers, architects, collectors, art-lovers and style-seekers, this new, physical event will feature an impressive rollcall of contemporary craft and visual arts galleries from the vibrant British craft scene. Artefact is both a marketplace and a celebration of contemporary craft, encouraging visitors to experience the tactility and joy that handmade objects can bring to their lives.
Visitors eager to discover, learn and connect, can meet the gallerists and view in person authentic work from established and emerging artists and makers. Exhibitors in the Design Avenue include Cavaliero Finn, Cube Gallery, Contemporary Applied Arts, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Form Made From, Jaggedart, Katie Jones, Kingsgate Collective, Lloyd Choi Gallery, madeinbritaly, Metal Collective, Oxford Ceramic Gallery, Ruup & Form, Seeds, Ting-Ying Gallery and Vessel Gallery.
Supporting new talent, an experiential feature in collaboration with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) will showcase craft skills. The charity supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople. On the third floor, graduates of the 2019 Crafts Council Hothouse Programme will present Form Made From. Curated by Brian Kennedy, on show will be sculpture, furniture, textiles and ceramics from innovative British artists, dedicated to sustainable and repurposed materials, shapes and processes.
Contemporary craft is increasingly making its mark in the world of interior design, and this physical event will present a range of objects of astonishing breadth, scope and artistic merit. Museum-quality pieces on show at Artefact will come from all over the world, and will include works in unusual materials like paper and blanc de chine, as well as representations of stalwart craft disciplines like metalwork, glass, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.
Transforming an idea into reality takes passion, imagination and vision; from cutting-edge innovation to seeing the potential of materials and artisan processes. In-person visits to Artefact will be an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how one-of-a-kind designs are conceived and made, as well as acquire unique work to cherish for years to come.
Broadening insights and specialist knowledge, there will be a talks programme curated by Grant Gibson.
MEET THE MAKERS
Interactive sessions including those in collaboration with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) will showcase craft skills.
The Design Centre’s showrooms hold a wealth of stories about craftsmanship. Visit them to discover live demonstrations, talks and a behind-the-scenes look at how objects are made, all curated especially for Artefact. All events are free to attend.
Tuesday 22 – Tuesday 29 June 2021 (including weekend)
10am – 6pm
Register online. Entry is free.
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, London, SW10 0XE
Ground Floor, Design Avenue
Creating an atmosphere for relaxed dining, enjoy a delicious seasonal menu, from morning pastries to lunch dishes.
The health and wellbeing of visitors and exhibitors are the Design Centre’s first priority, and there are many measures in place to ensure a safe visit to the Artefact contemporary craft fair.
Subject to UK government guidelines, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour reserves the right to change the format without notice and accepts no liability if any events are varied, relocated or cancelled.