An interesting development from the Crafts Study Centre in Surrey, UK.
Urban FIELD the symposium
Crafts Study Centre
University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham
Wednesday 14 November 2007
An international one day symposium, building on the critically acclaimed urban FIELD exhibition delivered by, and at, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey. This new exhibition and organisational partnership was funded by Arts Council England, and the surrounding events to the exhibitions included artist’s talks, workshops, children’s activities, a DVD, a publication and a significant advertising campaign. Urban FIELD the symposium is the final event in this part of the programme.
Urban FIELD the symposium will explore the relationship between rural and urban craft practices, using examples as diverse as activity in New York and Sweden, the heart of the city and the most far flung rural outpost. The themes of locational identity, economic sustainability, the needs and aspirations of audiences and programmers of craft activity, as well as environmental politics will be debated by a leading array of craft protagonists.
A consultancy, commissioned by Contemporary Applied Arts on behalf of urban FIELD, will look at ways of developing and sustaining the urban FIELD concept for the partner venues and their audiences.