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    Inaugural Womans Hour Craft Prize exhibition to come to The Forum

    Press release - 8 Nov 2017

    The Forum, Norwich is to host a prestigious exhibition celebrating the work of some of the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK. Works from the BBC Radio 4’s inaugural Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalists will be on display in the Forum Gallery from 12 March – 17 April 2018.

    Organised by BBC Radio 4, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Crafts Council to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Woman’s Hour, the inaugural prize winner, Phoebe Cummings was announced today in a live broadcast.

    The exhibition is a central part of The Forum’s Makers’ Month 2018 which offers creative activities, hands-on workshops to help people learn how to knit, spin, weave, sew, crochet, sketch, paint and many other craft skills.

    The Forum is the first venue to receive the exhibition following its run at the V&A in London.

    The exhibition features the work of Phoebe Cummings and the 11 finalists. Works on display range from huge handwoven willow structures, ceramics, furniture, jewellery made with 18th century pins to bespoke bicycles and darned high street hoodies.

    Image: Triumph of the Immaterial by Phoebe Cummings for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize (c)Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council, said: “Phoebe’s work is truly original. She challenges ideas of what craft is with work that is almost impossible to possess but delights in the physical process of making and shows a highly skilled understanding of the material.”

    The exhibition also includes works from finalists Laura Ellen Bacon, Alison Britton, Neil Brownsword, Lin Cheung, Caren Hartley, Peter Marigold, Celia Pym, Romilly Saumarez-Smith, Andrea Walsh, Emma Woffended and Laura Youngson Coll.

    Commenting Jayne Evans, Events and Partnerships Manager at The Forum and organiser of Makers’ Month said: “We are thrilled to welcome this wonderful exhibition to Norwich and it certainly is a fitting centrepiece to Makers’ Month 2018. These craft makers are amongst the best in the UK and I hope these works will inspire and inform visitors.”

    For full details of the Makers’ Month programme see The Forum’s website www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/makersmonth or follow The Forum on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.


    For more information and images contact Richard Smith, Marketing Communications Manager tel: 01603 727975 email: Richard.Smith@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    Notes to Editors

    About the winner:

    Phoebe Cummings uses unfired clay to create temporary sculptures and installations that gradually disintegrate, challenging expectations of what craft is. Intricate and detailed, her work responds to the natural world and lasts only for the duration of an exhibition after which the clay is, where possible, reclaimed and reused on future pieces. For the Craft Prize she created a fountain that dissolves as the water flows.

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