Craft Emergency 2016: Makers Announcement

We have selected eleven makers for Craft Emergency 2016, a biennial open submission group exhibition featuring recent work in diverse media.

Craft Emergency aims to champion contemporary craft by emerging makers from across the UK and beyond, increasing exposure for their work, and encouraging further professional development opportunities.

Earlier this year the gallery launched an international open-call in association with Making Space, Havant.

Eleven makers were selected for inclusion in the show by a panel of judges including: Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council; Lynne Dick, Director, Making Space; Thomas Appleton, letter-carver and stonemason and Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex.

From the shortlist of makers included in the exhibition, one will be selected to receive the prize of a solo presentation of new work at the gallery in 2018, which will include a fee of £1,000.

Previous winners have included letter-carver and stonemason Thomas Appleton and ceramacist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, whose show ‘Waldeinsamkeit’ previewed in early 2016.

Director of Aspex, Joanne Bushnell said: “We are delighted to be presenting the group Craft Emergency show in the gallery’s Main Space for the first time. We were really impressed by the range and quality of work submitted and are thrilled that a number of the submissions came from across the South of England. This is testament to the thriving arts community that has developed right along the South Coast.”

Director of Making Space, Lynne Dick said: “Craft Emergency is developing to become a significant event in the craft exhbition calendar for emerging creative talent. The inventive use of materials and ideas highlights the important role craft and making plays in our every day lives.”

Craft Emergency previews on Thursday 24 November.


Meet the makers:

Jacky Puzey

Detailed embroidery inspired by the juxtaposition of nature and new urban environments, constructed out of fur, feathers, tweed and organza.

Based in Bristol.


Ben Branagan

A collection of ambiguous artefacts formed out of paper pulp from abandoned books. Inspired by traditional methods of storing cultural knowledge.

Based in London.


Carol Hunt

Delicate gold and sterling silver jewellery, responding to the concept of memory. Hunt believes that jewellery becomes a symbol of people and places.

Based in Trowbridge.


Hannah Robson

Woven metallic structures, drawing from natural forms such as spider webs and seashells.

Based in London.


Helen Snell

Mixed media sculptures constructed from paper, steel fabric and plastic, exploring the relationship between modern technology and traditional craft.

Based in Devon.


Jessie White

An exploration of human expectation and perception, experimenting with traditional materials such as leather and wood to create unique sculptures.

Based in London.


Kate Haywood

Tactile ceramics establishing a non-verbal dialogue about ritual, ceremony and adornment.

Based in Cardiff.


Peter-Ashley Jackson

A visual interpretation of traditional literature, such as Ulysses, through detailed and deconstructed ceramic structures.

Based in Gateshead.


Sarah Brown

Brown documents interaction between people and their environment using delicate glass drawings, enabling the viewer to uniquely perceive a location.

Based in Gloucestershire.


Sue Paraskeva

Dramatic porcelain vessels referencing the human condition through growth, conflict and mortality.

Based on the Isle of Wight.


Tessa Eastman

Eastman explores the contrast between symmetry and disorder through “microscopic organisms” formed from clay.

Based in London.