ARTEFACT 2021: Conversations In Craft

Register for the Conversations in Craft talks programme – all free to watch again. Curated to engage and inspire, get top level insights from renowned experts and the craft industry’s leading lights. 

In-person events

Tuesday 22 June, 11am


In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Guest speakers: Kate Malone, ceramic artist, Bill Amberg, founder of Bill Amberg Studio, and Christopher Day, glass and mixed media artist 

Chair: Grant Gibson

Three of the nation’s leading makers discuss the materials that have defined their lives and careers.

Tuesday 22 June, 3pm

Redefining Beauty

In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Guest speakers: Annie Warburton, CEO of Cockpit Arts, Rachel Dickson, dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins for the fashion, jewellery textiles and materials, product, ceramic and industrial design, and Mac Collins, designer and maker

Chair: Grant Gibson

As the world reels from the pandemic, this talk asks how important beauty really is to our lives? Can an object be beautiful without being sustainable and ethical? And what might the maker’s role be in an economy with shifting priorities? 

Wednesday 23 June, 11am


In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Speakers: Peter Ting, co-founder of Ting-Ying Gallery, Shiro Muchiri, founder and creative director of SoShiro, and Nazy Vassegh, founder of Eye of the Collector

Chair: Grant Gibson

How will the turmoil of the past few years – from Brexit to COVID, via the Me Too movement and the rise of Black Lives Matter – change the art market? Has our recent reliance on digital technology (and Zoom, in particular) changed our relationship to physical work? And if so, what might galleries of the future look like?

Wednesday 23 June, 3pm


In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Guest speakers: Emma Crichton-Miller, journalist and editor of The Design Edit, Johnny Messum, founder of Messums Wiltshire, and Sebastian Cox, furniture designer, maker and environmentalist

Chair: Grant Gibson

Craft has traditionally been seen as the poor relation to fine art and design. But is this hierarchy still relevant? Or are things about to change?

Thursday 24 June, 11am


In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome 

Guest speakers: Marijke Varrall-Jones, founding director of Maak, Corinne Julius, curator, journalist, critic and broadcaster, Simone Brewster, artist and designer, and Lucy Swift, curator at Cluster London

Chair: Grant Gibson

Why do we place value on certain objects and not others? How is the market for craft shifting? And how can makers and galleries find a new generation of collectors? Oh and how on earth do you start creating a collection in the first instance? Have these (and other questions) answered.

Thursday 24 June, 3pm


In-person event: TALK, Third Floor, South Dome

Host: Brian Kennedy, independent curator

Guest speakers: Charlotte Kidger, Dalia James, Eusebio Sanchez, Rayvenn D’Clark and Mitch Pilkington

A series of quick-fire presentations from a fistful of up-and-coming designers and makers featured in the Form Made From installation. Find the next wave of craft talent here.

Virtual events

Jay Blades

Tuesday 22 June, 6pm

Repair and Care with Jay Blades

Guest speaker: Jay Blades

Chair: Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson talks to The Repair Shop presenter, modern furniture restorer, up-cycler, and eco-designer about mentoring, dyslexia, the importance of skill, the need for diversity in design, and his extraordinary life.

Thursday 24 June, 6pm

Stuff and Sustainability

Guest speaker: Alberto Cavalli, executive director of the Michelangelo Foundation

Chair: Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson discusses the relationship between making and the environment with the Michelangelo Foundation executive director. Is craft really the answer to a more sustainable future? And can it help create real change?


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