Collect craft fair opens

The Crafts Council’s Collect fair for contemporary objects opens today at the Saatchi Gallery in London with work by international artists and designers. 

More than 300 objects will be on display, including ceramics, glass, jewellery, silver and fine metalwork, textiles, wood and furniture.

All objects are for sale, and last year works were bought by private collectors and public institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and National Museums Scotland.

The Art Fund Collect scheme, which is supported by the Art Fund charity, provides grants for UK museums and galleries to buy contemporary craft. This year £75 000 has been made available.

Work will be presented by 36 galleries, including Dutch ceramics gallery Terra Delft which will present a solo show by ceramicist Mariette van der Ven and Edinburgh-based tapestry company Dovecot Studios showcasing tapestry by Claire Barclay

In addition, The Collect Trail will see commissioned craft installations dressing the windows of stores including the Designers Guild and Cath Kidston. Shauna Richardson has made three life-sized crocheted baboons (pictured) for a display at Taschen, and ceramicist Glen Wild has made three 80cm-tall vessels for David Mellor.

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