Watch the exhibition installation timelapse film, or watch on Youtube
3D Design Masterclass Film
Chien-Wei Chang: Don’t Look Back! I Told You So
11th February – 25th March 2012 (This exhibition is now closed)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by acclaimed British Taiwanese artist Chien-Wei Chang as part of the national crafts initiative the shape of things.
Chien-Wei’s latest work responds to the idea of the cellar across different cultures as a space in which food is preserved in jars and bottles to nurture life in times of scarcity.
Chien-Wei’s cellar is a space of mystery and hidden transformation. Within its bottles and storage containers Chien-Wei has placed thoughts on his day-to-day life as he pursues his creative path. The ‘cellar’ is used to preserve the evidence of his journey through time and to create a kind of a diary room or archive.
Chien-Wei Chang is renowned for his striking re-interpretation of seemingly every day domestic objects such as ladles and bowls in materials such as silver, wood and bamboo that reflect the artist’s Chinese heritage.
In this exhibition, he has stepped away from his main practice of silver / metalsmithing to create a major new installation work combining hundreds of recycled glass bottles alongside exquisitely crafted handmade objects.
the shape of things is an ambitious and exciting artists' exhibition and venue development initiative for contemporary crafts. The shape of things aims to encourage a contemporary crafts professional practice, audience and market that is culturally diverse and representative. This exhibition, together with the shape of things initiative has been generously supported by Arts Council England. www.theshapeofthings.org.uk
3D Design Masterclass at De Montfort University
Chien-Wei Chang joined the Design Crafts BA (Hons) students to deliver a one day metalsmithing masterclass workshop at De Montfort University.
Find out more about the Masterclass and watch the short film...
Disruptive Difference: Transnational Craft Dialogues
School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
17th February 2012
A one day symposium which will explore how cultural and geographical dis/location is changing craft practice, and how notions of national and cultural identity are contributing to experiences of craft nationally and internationally.
Disruptive Difference – Transnational craft dialogues is being organised by the shape of things in partnership with the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies and New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.
Disruptive Difference will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Museum and Gallery Studies, Contemporary Curating, Design and Making. It will also be of interest to curators of contemporary craft, policy makers, and artists working in contemporary craft whose practice explores issues of cultural identity in a local and global context.
Dr Janet Marstine, Programme Director, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Professor Steve Dixon, Craft Research Centre Leader, Manchester School of Art
Maiko Tsutsumi, Subject Leader for MA Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts
Nima Poovaya-Smith, Director, Alchemy
Chien-Wei Chang, Artist in the shape of things project.
Karin-Beate Phillips, Director, British European Design Group
Attendance at the conference is free. For more information on the symposium and to book, please visit the Eventbrite page or download the e-flyer.
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday: 11.00am – 5.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA
T: 0116 225 4900
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