Making in film

In a year where Design Week has campaigned for drawing and making to be a staple of design education, it seems we are not alone, with the Victoria & Albert Museum and Crafts Council teaming up for the Power of Making exhibition, which opens in September.

The Crafts Council is currently on the hunt for film-makers keen to create shorts that observe and illustrate ’skills, techniques and processes’ that will be used in the upcoming exhibition.

Still from The Ghost of a bird, by Keith Newstead in collaboration Ralph Steadman
Still from The Ghost of a bird, by Keith Newstead in collaboration Ralph Steadman

Forty films will be short-listed to appear in the exhibition and may also be used on the Web or in TV broadcasts.

The brief, which can be seen in full here, states, ‘The films will be creative, inspiring, exciting and perhaps unexpected, and will explore a diverse range of skills and look at how materials can be expressed in imaginative and spectacular ways.’

One of the most interesting video’s submitted so far is The Ghost of a Bird, a making-of film showing the construction of a winged automata, created by Keith Newstead in collaboration with Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman. Newstead says, ‘My aim was to make a poetic statement on the plight of our birdlife, and to show the fragile balance between nature and man.’

Deadline for submissions is 31 July. More information about the competition can be found here.

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