Crafts Council develops portable exhibition space

The Light Surgeons, Millimetre Design and Houghton Kneale Design have worked on new walk-in, immersive exhibition space concepts for the Crafts Council.

The Craft Cube is a free-standing, 3m2 cube, in which visitors can see craft in the form of real objects and films, hear interviews with makers, and interact with pieces on open display. A spokeswoman for the Crafts Council says the aim of the cubes is to be ‘portable and easy to install in lots of different galleries’.

There are two different types of Craft Cube: two Collection Craft Cube installations, which focus on pieces in the Crafts Council’s collection; and one Craft Cube Research installation, which showcases research projects.

The Light Surgeons developed the concept for the Collection Craft Cube, according to a spokeswoman for the Crafts Council, and they were built by Millimetre Design. This project was awarded following a six-way pitch.

The research cube is being designed and built by Houghton Kneale Design, following a separate pitch, says the spokeswoman.

The two collections cubes focus on Angela Jarman’s piece Nap, and ceramicist Metete Rasmussen’s Twisted Grey Loop.

The research cube, which is being developed in partnership with Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, is currently being produced. The installation will focus on the work of Dr Jayne Wallace, who has developed jewellery following her research into memory and memory loss with the Alzheimer’s Society. It will complete in March.

The Collection Craft Cubes will be available to hire for installation in galleries from April.

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