Unfamiliar Ground opens at Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby

Baker Street - Bronwen Sleigh

Unfamiliar Ground, which is now open at Abbey Walk Gallery in Grimsby, brings together the work of three of the UK’s most exciting young printmakers. Chris Agnew, Rebecca King and Bronwen Sleigh are each challenging the boundaries of traditional printmaking, creating striking pictorial worlds that invite our imaginations to wander. The exhibition will open at Abbey Walk Gallery on 7 May and will tour to Accrington Library, Woodend in Scarborough … Read More →

Make it Slow at The Folly in Settle

Chris Keenan's work at The Folly

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Make it Slow in in the historic setting of The Folly, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The Folly is a striking and impressive 17th century house close to the centre of Settle, and home to the Museum of North Craven Life. Come along and take a moment to enjoy the work of six leading crafts makers, who all embrace the intrinsic values of the Slow … Read More →

Paper making in Pocklington

Corinne Young Paper Moon

Come and join East Riding based artist Corinne Young for an informal and friendly morning of paper making at Pocklington Arts Centre on Saturday 5 April. The free workshop is inspired by the exhibition Make it Slow as well as the history of growing and processing flax in and around Pocklington. Corinne will guide you through making small pieces of your own paper using linen fibre, and incorporating objects such … Read More →

Unfamiliar Ground

Chris Agnew: Bowing to the storm (Summer-house) - etching and oil on panel

May 2014 – September 2014

Get ready to take your imagination on a journey through uncharted territory.

Unfamiliar Ground brings together the work of three of the UK’s most exciting contemporary printmakers. Rather than describing the familiar, the artists create pictorial worlds that invite our imaginations to wander. Read More →

Q&A with Make it Slow artist Misun Won

Misun Won in her studio. Photo: Sejin Moon

Misun Won tells us about her inspirations and creative processes We love the work of Make it Slow artist Misun Won and have all been swooning over her beautiful and wearable handmade jewellery, some of which is for sale alongside the exhibition. Misun uses circles to develop complex, handmade pieces of jewellery in silver, based on the idea of Korean patchwork. Using a ‘patchwork’ of circles, she makes rhythmical structures … Read More →

Crafts Magazine reviews Make it Slow

Crafts Magazine review of Make it Slow

We are thrilled that Make it Slow has been reviewed in the internationally read and respected Crafts Magazine. You can read writer Helen Cobby’s full piece here. She highlights the: “stimulating juxtapositions of techniques, uncovering unusual relations between practices as well as a rich, vibrant variety of colours and textures. The integrity and diversity on show is a joyful achievement, as well as a challenge: how should we relate to contemporary craft and consumer culture?” … Read More →

Christmas is coming! (and Christmas closing reminder)

Chris-Keenan-yearning-saunter

Christmas is nearly here- we hope you’re taking it slowly and managing to take some time out from the hustle and bustle that Christmas often brings. If you still have some special gifts to find, we have individual pots by Chris Keenan and smaller scale works by Misun Won, all available to take away today. Woodend is open 9-5 until Wednesday this week, but on Thursday 19th December we will … Read More →

Meet the artist – Lizzie Farey

Lizzie Farey. Photo: Paul Harris

An interview with Lizzie Farey by Grace Whowell Curator Grace Whowell visited Make it Slow exhibitor Lizzie Farey in her studio in Kirkudbright in Dumfries and Galloway. Surrounded by willow and serenaded by seagulls, Grace asked her about her life and work as a willow artist.   You started off as a stained glass artist.  Willow is very different, organic and more intuitive perhaps, did you instinctively know it was … Read More →

Mud Sticks – a talk by ceramicist Chris Keenan

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Come and meet acclaimed ceramicist and Make it Slow exhibitor Chris Keenan at a lunchtime talk at Woodend, Scarborough on Friday 15 November. Chris will explain his decision to walk away from his life as an actor to explore the world of clay. From being the first apprentice to potter Edmund de Waal, to running his own London ceramics studio, Chris talks about the development of his work over the … Read More →

What is Slow?

Fenella Elms hands – photo David Parmiter

You might be wondering where the inspiration for Make it Slow came from – here’s a little background: “The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed.” Carl Honoré’s book, In Praise of Slow. The Slow Movement is a cultural shift towards slowing down certain aspects of our lives so that we can reconnect with the simple, … Read More →