'A Unique Proposal'
A Showcase of Romantically Inspired Craft
14th January - 19th February 2011
Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD
Contemporary Applied Arts is delighted to announce the launch of 'A Unique Proposal', a selling exhibition of one-off pieces made by hand and designed with romance in mind. Whether it's a wedding gift, Valentine's gift or simply a heart-felt symbol of affection, this show features exciting textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and metal objects that are impossible to resist.
For the exhibition, the gallery is being transformed into a lavish wedding reception to contextualise the craft collections– with a head table dressed with Rupert Spira ceramics, gorgeous turned wood bowls by Peter Archer, Spring wedding flowers by Paula Pryke and textile-inspired chocolate wedding favours and chocolate sculptures by Sir Hans Sloane chocolates. Other 'guest' tables will be themed, and all will feature some of the best one-off tableware handmade in the UK including ceramics by Sue Paraskeva and glass tableware by Michael Ruh, Lindean Mill and Phil Atrill all made specifically for this exhibition.
The gallery walls will be covered with the passionately colourful woven work of Ptolemy Mann and the newest intricate textile work from Susie Freeman. Freeman (who has a huge piece of textile featuring medical tablets in the British Museum) is producing three wedding veils from her newest textiles, using torn botanical books and pebbles – celebrating the role of textiles in the wedding ceremony. Glorious glass cake stands by several different glass artists will tempt; racy automata pieces by Will Smax will amuse with their 50s naughtiness; divine, graphic silver work by Rajesh Gogna will inspire; and romantic mosaics by Cleo Mussi will delight.
To help mark the exhibition CAA is launching a much-anticipated gift list service like no other called ‘Bespoke: A Handmade Gift List’ Whether you are getting married, celebrating a special birthday or other special occasion CAA offers a great alternative to the more traditional ways of holding a wedding or gift list. Couples or those receiving the gifts can arrange a list of pieces that they would like bought for them, or guests can simply contribute toward a voucher which they can redeem on several pieces or one important piece – like a piece of furniture or a particularly collectable piece.
All images courtesy of the CAA
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Rachel Howard's exhibition 'Still Life – Still Here' in Palma de Mallorca has been extended for an extra week. For more information on the exhibition and images of Howard's work visit the Galeria Pelaires website.
Rachel Howard: Still Life – Still Here
Calle Pelaires, 5 · 07001 Palma De Mallorca
T 34 971 723 696 · F 34 971 723 473
Lunes a SÀ¡bado · 10:00 a 13:30 h. - 16:30 a 20 h. SÀ¡bado 10.00 a 13.30h
Palazzo Vecchio are currently displaying Damien Hirst's diamond skull artwork For The Love of God and have a contemporary art book store located on the ground floor with a variety of Other Criteria merchandise. The bookstore by Arthemisia Group has books, clothing and a selection of art objects instore.
For The Love of God will be exhibited there until 1st May 2011 so try your best to visit the museum. The artwork is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, so quite unmissable. However if you are unable to visit, you can console yourself by browsing our For The Love of God collection on our website.
Sue Hubbard will be on BBC Radio 3's literary show The Verb this evening at 21.15pm to discuss the restoration of her poem Eurydice displayed in the tunnel at Waterloo after a successful Facebook campaign.
Watch the video of the restoration of Sue Hubbard's Eurydice and view our previous post to find out the full story and to read Hubbard's poem Eurydice.
Until 7 April 2011
The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting a new exhibition, examining the development of British sculpture in the twentieth century. The show explores what is meant by the terms British and sculpture by bringing the two together in a chronological series of strongly themed galleries, each making its own visual argument.
Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates (c)
Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011
On show by Damien Hirst is Let's Eat Outdoors Today (1990 - 1991), one of the first works he made after graduating from Goldsmiths. The work consists of two adjoining glass containers, one displaying a common plastic garden set with a table and four chairs, the other containing a steel barbecue with a tray full of maggots, hatching into flies.
The work addresses juxtapositions of mortality/immortality and cleanliness/filth with reference to English class values. Hirst once said about the work: ‘I wanted the piece to be an outside that everyone recognised like anyone’s back yard but I wanted the piece to be frightening in a way like it threatened the inside of your body.’
Other key British works in the exhibition include: Alfred Gilbert's Queen Victoria, Phillip King's Genghis Khan, Jacob Epstein's Adam, Barbara Hepworth's Single Form, Leon Underwood's Totem to the Artist, Henry Moore's Festival Figure, Anthony Caro's Early One Morning, Richard Long's Chalk Line and Julian Opie's W.
For more information about tickets and opening times, please visit the website of the Royal Academy of Arts.