Had a brilliant first visit to @museumartcraft this week. They were showing the controversial work of Eric Gill with this response by @CathiePilkington. I was almost didn't visit, knowing of Gill's biography, but didn't know when I'd next be in that part of the country again. I thought the museum's handling of his work was sensitive and respectful, particularly the empowering text art in the reading room made by Survivors' Network clients. The show was challenging but I was glad to visit and ponder the question as to whether artwork can be valued for its artistic merit when created in such a depraved context. As well as the show, I also enjoyed a walking trail through the artistic village of Ditchling led by one of the trustees - such a beautiful place! I'd love to go back again for future shows #ditchling#ditchlingmuseum#artandcraftmuseum#ericgill#cathiepilkington#sculpture#carving#Britishart
Who wouldn't want to join our talented studio resident @silviakceramics for a ceramic workshop at Ditchling Museum of all places! #Repost @silviakceramics
We've got 2 more spaces for 1 July Saturday 11-4 @museumartcraft. Pinching, coiling and press moulding your own creations decorated by slips, sgraffito and your imagination. To book follow the link in my bio.
Would you like to join me for a day workshop at the stunning @museumartcraft
Please book via link in my profile.
Saturday 1 July @ 11am-4pm 'This practical ceramic workshop is an excellent opportunity for beginners to try press moulds, coiling and pinching techniques in terracotta. In the morning you will spend time making your pieces. These will be decorated in the afternoon with coloured slips. Final pieces will be fired and glazed by Silvia in her Brighton studio and ready for collection at the end of July.' £82.40
Cost includes materials, lunch & refreshments
Images of museum courtesy of #Ditchlingmuseumartcraft#ceramicstudio#ditchlingmuseum#Sussex#slipdecoration#Brighton#ceramicworkshop#terracotta
The girls draw on inspiration from @cathiepilkington at the Eric Gill exhibition @museumartcraft
Gill was an extremely controversial artist who I knew little about until this exhibition, which slaps you in the face with the context of his work.
'Art presents us with lessons from which we can learn.' - Rachel Campbell-Johnston's review of 'Eric Gill: The Body' at @museumartcraft in today's @thetimes Times2. The exhibition continues until 3 September.
'Eric Gill: The Body' at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. A controversial attempt to address the artist's incestuous relationship with his two daughters and the impact this has on the museum's collection, the majority of which is made by Gill himself. The museum encourages visitors to question how this exhibition impacts on their existing impressions of the artist's craft and if it is possible to enjoy Gill's drawings, woodcuts and sculpture afterwards #collecting#museumcollections#archive#ditchlingmuseum#ericgill#sculpture#curating
'Eric Gill: The Body' opens @museumartcraft tomorrow.
Co-curated by Cathie Pilkington RA, Royal Academician and Professor of Sculpture of the Royal Academy Schools, 'Eric Gill: The Body' features over 80 works on loan from public and private collections including a major sculpture and drawings that have never been publicly exhibited. Within Gill’s work, the human body is of central importance; this major exhibition asks whether knowledge of Gill’s disturbing biography affects our enjoyment and appreciation of his depiction of the human figure. 'Eric Gill: The Body' is accompanied by a major new commission by Cathie Pilkington for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Doll For Petra (2017) is a co-commission with Brighton Festival.
The exhibition runs 29 April – 3 September 2017. [Image credit: Eric Gill, The Plait, 1922, Pencil on paper
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Collection]
🍾Wednesday Weaver : ETHEL MAIRET
Ethel Mairet 1872-1952
Ethel was a largely self-taught, hugely influential hand-weaver and natural yarn dyer from England. Her seminal work 'Vegetable Dyes - A Book of recipes and information useful to the dyer' has been an timeless and reliable resource to weavers and dyers for decades. The book is currently being honoured with an exhibition at the Ditchling museum of art and craft in Sussex, where Ethel lived and worked as a weaver from the 1920's onwards as part of the world renowned Ditchling crafts community. .
🍾Wednesday Weaver : ETHEL MAIRET
In her book 'Hand-Weaving', Ethel lists 11 qualities a hand-weaver must have. Here's an overview..
1. A wide knowledge of materials
2. A knowledge of chemistry of colour
3. An aesthetic appreciation of Rhythm, balance and design
4. Correspondence of materials
5. Mathematical precision
6. Much technical knowledge and precision for dealing with Looms
7. Keeping in touch with fashions
8. An understanding of modern architecture
9 Constant creation of new yarns, colours and materials
10. Cultural background is essential
11. Understanding hand-weaving influences on textiles trade
Prisoners | Tadek Beutlich (1922-2011) | Off-loom tapestries using espato grass, sisal and cotton wool
Retrospective #jointurestudios @emmamasonprints in association with the exhibition ‘Beyond Craft’ @museumartcraft