A New Window Gallery for Canary Wharf
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE WINDOW Galleries in Cabot Place East Retail Mall provide a monthly showcase for new and innovative work by artists, designers and craftspeople. This season a new gallery space has been launched, situated within the link from the Mall to the Jubilee line.
During the programme’s nine year history, exhibitors have included Cockpit Arts, Su Blackwell, Thorsten Van Elten, The London Design Festival and the Lesley Craze Gallery.
This season (Spring 2008) the new gallery focuses on original and unusual jewellery. It began on January 6 with Crafts Council at Canary Wharf, New Faces 2008.
From January 25 to January 29, the Crafts Council is presenting Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Now in its fifth year, Collect is firmly established as the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, featuring over 400 international artists represented by 42 galleries from 16 countries.
To coincide with Collect, the Crafts Council is also presenting Collection – a series of exhibitions, talks and events on contemporary craft around London and Edinburgh. As part of this programme, the Window Galleries is presenting Crafts Council at Canary Wharf.
This showcase features work by two of the UK’s brightest new stars of contemporary craft – Sarah Brown and Richard Sweeney. Both are graduates of Manchester Metropolitan University and both work primarily with paper.
Crafts Council at Canary Wharf, New Faces 2008 runs until January 31.
It’s followed – from February 3 to February 28 – by Yukiness and Hetty Rose and An Alleweireldt.
Shoe designer Hetty Rose and remarkable wig designer Yuki Saito of Yukiness have combined talents in an amorous collaboration especially for Valentines!
Saito is passionate about the French Baroque period, which she references through innovative and unique use of materials and techniques, creating distinctive pieces of dramatic beauty. The Hetty Rose label designs and hand-makes exquisite shoes, that are creative and sustainable, using vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. Both labels evoke a disappearing world, creating work saturated with history and meaning.
Belgian designer An Alleweireldt’s jewellery is inspiring in its ability to seek beauty in the overlooked, challenging the notion of preciousness. Her collections include turning vinyl records into stunning pieces that are easy to wear. Look a little closer as things may not be as they seem….
Finally – from March 2 to April 3 – it’s the turn of Victoria Delany and Ruth Tomlinson.
Delany is a designer and metalworker of stylish silver tableware. Utilising traditional patterns and decorative details she employs time-honoured techniques with a modern twist, creating beautiful yet functional contemporary pieces. She explores the connection between user and object, the way familiarity can provoke feelings of memory or nostalgia. All the work is hand made in sterling silver and is available for sale and commission from www.victoriadelany.com
Tomlinson’s ultra-feminine and romantic Flora collection is original jewellery worked in a unique combination of porcelain, silver and gold. The opulent Hoard collection was inspired by portraits of aristocracy displayed in all their riches, while the Encrustations series was inspired by stories of shipwrecks and forgotten underwater worlds. Tomlinson has bejewelled celebrities such as Davina McCall and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
For more information visit the relevant websites (see right-hand panel).