Photo: Mark Campbell
26 September 2017
For the UK Pavilion at the 10th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, the British Council and Crafts Council presented Form + Motion, an exploration of motion and movement in contemporary craft practice. The exhibition presented works in a range of disciplines, scales and materials, selected for their relationship to and making and movement.
Four curated spaces defined the exhibition, beginning with a display of works selected by the Crafts Council which elicit intrigue and wonder with a playful dynamism. Where silent, still objects are in fact manifestations with loud, lively stories of physical and conceptual making to tell. Spanning ceramics, basketry, furniture, calligraphy, embroidery, glass and metal, the works present motion through makers’ journeys, physical marks of gesture and works that come to life through human interaction.
The second space, Wonder in Motion, saw Craft Biennale Scotland present works by three Scottish artists, each working in different materials – metal, glass (resin) and ceramics – representing the artistic excellence of contemporary craft in Scotland. Responding to differing aspects of movement, the artists employ materials, skill and innovation to capture motion in form and create moments of wonder; of articulation, animation and stillness.
In space three, The Tools of South Korea and Hull, Linda Brothwell pioneered a new understanding of the significance of craft skills and tools by illustrating their intrinsic value to social, cultural and economic development. Curated by Thirteen Ways, Her work is inspired by the craft and industrial heritages of both Hull and South Korea, two seemingly disparate places, united by the commonality of their craft stories, skills and tools.
The final section of the UK Pavilion was Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine. 44 films selected through an open call highlighted the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities through documentaries, animation, and maker profiles.
The exhibition was part of UK/Korea 2017–18, a UK season in Korea to celebrate and showcase the UK’s innovation and excellence in the arts and creative industries.