Launching today, the program for the very first edition of Stockholm Craft Week. A brand new initiative within the field of contemporary crafts, Stockholm Craft Week wants to reach a wider audience and highlight the international level of excellence maintained by Swedish crafts. The program includes openings, seminars, artist talks, open studios and more that take place in central Stockholm and in Gustavsberg on 3–6 October, 2019.
Stockholm Craft Week is the first of its kind for Swedish crafts and the aim is to become an annual event. The promoters Konsthantverkscentrum, Värmdö Municipality and Konsthantverkarna want to shed new light on contemporary craft and make sure the field receives the attention it deserves.
– Swedish contemporary craft has undergone a strong development throughout the 2000s and holds an exceptionally high international level. Nevertheless, craft is rarely seen or featured in larger contexts or in political initiatives. Few countries can match our Swedish line-up of multifaceted artists working within the field – we have a golden opportunity to show them off, says Maj Sandell, Director at Konsthantverkscentrum.
The National Museum, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Galleri Glas, Stene Projects and G-studion are some of the museums, art galleries and studios participating in Stockholm Craft Week. Among several openings and exhibitions worth noticing are textile artists Ida Pettersson’s and Matilda Dominique’s new exhibition –visual-illusion-confusion- at Fiberspace and CUT, jewellery art by Hanna Liljenberg and Karin Roy Andersson at gallery Platina. Gustavsbergs Konsthall opens the exhibition FABRIK, where artists have explored memories and the significance of former craft industries around Europe. The exhibition includes a performance by Rita Floyd whowillcreate porcelain flowers that continuously get thrown onto a seemingly withering heap.
Stockholm Craft Week wants to show how expansive and innovative Swedish contemporary craft is. SEXY FOOD is a group exhibition by Dotdotdot, a platform aiming to highlight a new generation of craft artists. Female separatist glass group BOOM! is another example. During Stockholm Craft Week, the members of BOOM! share their knowledge, mainly to young people through glass-blowing, talks and try-out activities in their mobile glass studio Spajsy.
The program includes an international all-day seminar in connection with FABRIK, ceramicist Anna Tedestam is the very first Artist-in-Officeat Konsthantverkscentrum, Fredrik Nielsen and his team blow glass at The Garage, Anders Jakobsen perform #radicalsloyd and #carryshitolympics outside Konsthantverkscentrum at Bellmansgatan 5 and for children and families the performance Running away and joining a circus is shown.
Read more at stockholmcraftweek.se
Press contact: Sofia Johansson
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