Contemporary craft festival at Bovey Tracey
PUBLISHED: 11:41 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 18 April 2017
It's one of the largest festival of its kind in Europe - and 2017 marks the 13th year of the Contemporary Craft festival. So what's in store this year?
Back for its 13th consecutive year, the highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning festival takes place next month at Bovey Tracey.
The prestigious three-day event is designed to showcase the finest makers from across the country. More than 200 woodturners, jewellery makers, textile designers, metal and leather workers, potters, silversmiths and many more have been carefully selected by industry specialists to exhibit at the show with the aim of raising the profile of quality contemporary craft.
This year’s festival programme is brimming with exciting workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, children’s activities, street theatre, festival food and live music. The Vintage Craft Cinema and the extremely popular Pottery Showdown, featuring the finalists from the hit BBC show, will be returning.
Whilst the festival’s remit is to celebrate the very best of contemporary craft with emerging artists and makers demonstrating their very latest, evolving techniques and materials, this year’s festival is set to pay tribute to the more traditional skills, methods and materials adopted by an ever growing number of makers looking for a more holistic approach to their works.
New to Bovey Tracey this year, Hillary Burns & Friends will be presenting ‘Out of the Woods’, a celebration of British woodlands and the traditional skills and methods applied to woodworking and basket making. Hillary will be joined by Rosie Brewer who specialises in making traditional kitchenware and spoons, as well as Devon based Richard Lewis and Andrew Kirby for this beautiful demonstration where visitors can participate and learn some basic skills.
In this movement of making with tradition, it’s the Devon based designers exhibiting at the festival who are leading the field. Here, we explore some of the local makers who draw on, or are inspired by the traditional and sometimes ancient methods behind creating.
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