Between 3 – 7 May, London Craft Week returns to the capital in a sparkling showcase of craftsmanship and a celebration of the unique combination of individuality, imagination, passion and skill found in the best-made of things.
Oxo Tower Wharf and its neighbours in Southwark provide an exciting programme of exhibitions and events taking place over the course of five action-packed days, including a special exhibition in gallery@oxo plus events across our designer-maker studios.
DESIGN NATION AT GALLERY@OXO
Design-Nation and design writer, Barbara Chandler, present ‘Marks & Tools’ at gallery@oxo, a major showcase exhibition of work by over twenty of its network members. There is also an in conversation with Margo Selby, Michael Ruh and Hannah Tounsend. This exhibition is themed around the marks and tools of the maker.
METALSCAPES AT STUDIO FUSION GALLERY
JAPANESE ‘KINTSUGI’ AT WAGUMI
On 6 May, Japanese design shop wagumi, in Unit 1.08 at Oxo Tower Wharf, will be holding live demonstrations of the ancient art of ‘kintsugi’, or ‘golden joinery’, with Yuko Ogawa, an artist from the ceramics region of Bizen in Japan. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the traditional art of restoring broken items with lacquer and gold, something rarely seen outside Japan.
MORE DESIGN STUDIOS AT OXO TOWER WHARF
Oxo Tower Wharf is home to over 25 acclaimed designer-maker shops, so you can make a craft-oriented day of it by wandering across three floors meeting the makers and discussing the creative process behind the beautiful creations you’ll see, including prestigious jewellery, hand woven scarves, ceramics, interior products and innovative lighting.
A short walk away, towards Bankside, long-established craft gallery Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) is hosting ‘Bloomin’ Jewels: The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery’ an exhibition spotlighting cutting edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery. None of the works on show are ‘traditional’ in the usual sense; although some makers have employed historical methods, working precious metals and gems, others have developed new processes using the latest technologies and non-precious materials such as resin and 3D-printed nylon.
Over at Southwark Cathedral, on 4 May, visitors will have the rare chance to see the needlework and embroidery of vestments that are used for Southwark Cathedral’s services. The collection includes the Diamond Jubilee Copes and Bishop Talbot’s Vestments from 1905.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oxo Tower Wharf, the heart of creative London, for this year’s London Craft Week.