Contemporary craft collectors will descend on London’s Victoria & Albert museum this weekend as the Craft Council’s annual fair, Collect, opens today.
Buyers will be able to peruse three rooms of new bodies of work in ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery and wood by award-winning artists, represented by galleries including Liverpool’s Bluecoat Display Centre, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art and Contemporary Applied Arts London.
This is the fifth and final year that the fair, which was established to promote UK craft and has since grown to 42 exhibiting UK and international galleries, will take place at the museum.
A spokeswoman for the Crafts Council says, ‘We had an original three-year agreement which was extended to five years to launch and develop Collect at the V&A. We’re no longer extending this agreement because the V&A is going through a major refurbishment – its masterplan – which has a big impact on its gallery space and usage. So, it has become no longer feasible given the changes that have happened, and are still happening, at the museum.’
The Crafts Council is in discussion with a number of partners for a new venue and is set to announce details in the spring.
V&A director Mark Jones says the museum will continue its partnership with the Crafts Council, with current exhibitions such as Out of the Ordinary.