Designed for Life

Designed for Life

5 Jul - 22 Sep

Designed for Life

Designed for Life showcases a collection of objects from five different makers, with a stitch or weave at the forefront. Most pieces are functional, all are exquisitely handmade, achieved by using traditional craft methods, some with similarly traditional practices and uses.

With a spotlight on the growing appreciation for all things handmade,  the reinvention of traditional crafts and the exchange of these skills across generations, coupled with the environmental impact of the materials we are using, a wave of weavers and textile makers are now thriving.

These primary skills were fixtures of British life until plastic and other non renewable products arrived in the 1950s and with a surge of environmentally friendly demands in the present day, artists and makers are driven by a more conscious and considered approach to their work.

Designed for Life centres the belief that one can learn so much from the past and that there is so much to take forwards, not only in retaining and exchanging these skills but also considering a sustainable future.

Designed for Life forms part of Aspex’s summer programme exploring the theme of Exchange and all of its potential meanings.

About Exchange

For our 2019 summer programme Aspex has commissioned three artists to create new artwork in response to the theme of ‘Exchange’ and all of its potential meanings.

From July - September 2019 we invite you to explore the exchange of skills, knowledge and experiences; ownership and the trading of items, as well as currency and value.

Take part in one of our many exhibitions, creative workshops and events - working alongside our commissioned artists: Rhiannon Armstrong, Monica Bonomo and Susan Stockwell.

These activities will inform the development of the commissioned artworks, created through a series of artist residencies at the gallery. 

Events and activities are being held at the gallery in Gunwharf Quays, as well as locations throughout the city, including Victorious Festival on Southsea Common.

CLICK HERE to view our full programme. You can also join the conversation by using the hashtag #ExchangePortsmouth on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Exchange is generously supported by Canoe Lake Leisure, Gunwharf Quays, The Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries at The University of Portsmouth, The Partnership Foundation and Victorious Festival. This project has been developed in association with the INTERREG EU funded project PONToon which centres community development, social/economic inclusion and equality.