Craft with a Hidden Agenda

Generation (feet set 1), Doug Jones, 2013
Generation (feet set 1), Doug Jones, 2013
Apple Laundry Basket, Lois Walpole, 1995. Crafts Council Collection. Photo Nick Moss
Apple Laundry Basket, Lois Walpole, 1995. Crafts Council Collection. Photo Nick Moss

Hidden Agenda: Socially Conscious Craft at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride explores craft as a platform for social comment and provocation.

The exhibition centres on the politically and socially driven installation ‘Generation’ by Doug Jones which comprises of 54 pairs of cast chicken feet individually finished by the artist and a team of workers in a bronze foundry in South China. The work explores several social aspects linked to its production, including the concept of fair trade and ethics in manufacturing and the correct sourcing and processing of materials, while respecting the tradition and authenticity of the skills employed.

In response to this installation are a group of objects from across the decades covering societal injustice, subversion, propaganda, remembrance, monetary value and economy in materials and production methods.

The exhibition brings together a range of works including jewellery, ceramics and basketry. Each piece has been selected as examples showing how craft can present an informed and thoughtful exploration of social and political issues.

Other works in the exhibition are by Stephen Dixon, Paul Scott, Audrey Walker, Lynn Setterington, Michele Walker, Lois Walpole, Jane Atfield and Michael Marriott and Karen Thompson.

The touring exhibition was curated by Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with the Crafts Council and artist Doug Jones, with objects selected from the Crafts Council Collection.

Hidden Agenda: Socially Conscious Craft
14 August – 11 October 2015
Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR
Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun 12 – 5pm
Free


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