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PRESS RELEASE – CROSHARE AT ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SATURDAY 04 JUNE 2016

CROSHARE – PARTICIPATORY ART AND CRAFT AT ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW 2016

Part crochet workshop, part participatory art project, part good old-fashioned get together, Croshare heads to Aspex, a contemporary gallery in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, on Saturday 11 June as part of the nationwide programme of Antiuniversity Now 2016 events.

Croshare at Antiuniversity Now 2016

Visitors to the free drop-in event at Aspex will be able to both learn and teach crochet, sharing skills as they also share advice and anecdotes about their experience and expertise with both the artists and other participants. The sessions are a fun introduction or ‘top-up’ to crochet and a fantastic opportunity to make like-minded friends from the local area.

To get involved, simply turn up at Aspex, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 11 June 2016. Yarn, hooks and know-how will be supplied.

Croshare is a participatory art event in which knowledge of, and skills for, crochet are passed on from artists to participants in an exploration of the relationship between the master and the apprentice. In addition, over the course of the event, participants will be invited to contribute to the creation of a crochet artefact that ‘travels’ from one Croshare event to another, evolving organically over the course of these to become a work of art crafted by many hands, representing the richness gained by the coming together of a community of circumstances.

Croshare also builds on the continuing trend for reviving fibre-based crafts outside the domestic sphere; Croshare situates crochet in a contemporary art practice framework in which, over the course of a Croshare event, the acts of teaching and learning became art themselves.

Artist Sharon Bennett, Croshare co-founder, said ‘We are very much looking forward to presenting Croshare at Aspex as part of the Antiuniversity Now festival. Every event is different. As artists, we don’t know what will happen as the day unfolds. It is both thrilling and nerve-racking.’

Aspex has a long and proud history of supporting visual arts through engagement and participation with artists and their creative processes. Ollie Tubb, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator at Aspex, said ‘We are incredibly excited to welcome Croshare to Aspex as part of Antiuniversity Now, and on the opening day of our newly renovated space. The sharing of creative skills is very much in line with gallery’s aim of supporting local and emerging artists and makers.’

Initiated in 2015, Antiuniversity Now is a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the Antiuniversity movement of late 1960s London that wanted to break the structures forced by institutions such as schools, universities and hospitals, and to allow people to meet each other without having to act out socially prescribed roles. It aims to challenge academic and class hierarchy and exclusivity by inviting people to organise and share free learning events in public spaces all over the country. It is free, open and inclusive. For more information, please visit http://www.antiuniversity.org/ABOUT

Use #icroshared on Twitter and Instagram to share your experiences of Croshare at Antiuniversity Now 2016, and visit the Croshare website at http://croshare.org to keep up to date with the latest news.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Croshare event as part of Antiuniversity Now 2016 will be held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 11 June at Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF. Yarn, hooks and know-how will be supplied by the artists, and so all participants need to bring is a willingness to engage with the work of learning and sharing.

Croshare is a participatory art and craft practice its roots in artist Sharon Bennett’s ‘Learning Project’: Sharon welcomed friends and family members to pass on knowledge and skills to her in an exploration of the relationship between the master and the apprentice. Sharon approached designer-maker Tom Jeram-West and asked him to teach her how to crochet, a task to which he took enthusiastically in the hope of not only imparting his knowledge and skill, but also his passion for the craft.

Sharon Bennett is a participatory artist. Through a collaborative practice, she aims to act as a facilitator, creating opportunities for the artist, collaborators and audience to have a dialogue with one another and with the work. Sharon’s current work draws on the idea that we are all a reserve of accumulated knowledge that is inherited, passed on and shared across generations and between peers. By encouraging the sharing of knowledge, she explores and enhances the relationships around her alongside notions of generosity, the everyday and pedagogy.

Tom Jeram-West is a designer-maker specialising in fibre and textiles-related handcrafts. As well as simply making for the sheer pleasure of it, he enjoys exploring the complex relationships between materials and methods; decoration and function; the historical and the contemporary, and the cultural and the social, in the context of his specialism. Tom is a co-founder of the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium (http://portsconsort.com/), a volunteer community supporting and showcasing enterprise, knowledge, innovation and skill in artists, crafters, designers and makers from its local area.

Croshare is grateful for the support of Aspex Visual Arts Trust Limited in enabling the event.

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CONTACT DETAILS

For general information about Croshare at Antiuniversity Now 2016, including all enquiries relating to participation, please write to mail [at] croshare [dot] org.

For press and PR information about Croshare at Antiuniversity Now 2016, including requests for interviews or to organise event coverage, please write to press [at] croshare [dot] org.

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