FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017
CROSHARE TO PRESENT TRAWL, A PARTICIPATORY INSTALLATION CELEBRATING PORTSMOUTH’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SEA, AS PART OF PORTSMOUTH FESTIVITIES 2017
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 Sunday 18 June as part of the programme of events for the 18th annual Portsmouth Festivities.
As part of Portsmouth Festivities 2017, Croshare will welcome members of the public to Trawl: a fun, large and bright crochet installation celebrating Portsmouth’s long and proud relationship with the sea, as well as a reminder of our responsibility in caring for it.
Visitors to the free drop-in event at Aspex will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a crocheted fishing net that will help us capture the creative and community spirits of Portsea Island, and they will be invited to fill this with all manner of made and found objects that help tell their stories and the stories of where they live.
Croshare will present Trawl as a work in progress in order to show that the development of a relationship between people and their local area, and the communities that form within these, are always works in progress; these change depending on who comes and goes, and each contribution made by new members changes forever whatever was there before.
To get involved, simply turn up at Aspex, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 18 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. 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.
Designer-maker Tom Jeram-West, Croshare co-founder, said: ‘We are thrilled to be involved with this year’s Portsmouth Festivities – it brings together art, creativity, culture and community, things that give Croshare meaning for us. It’s a perfect fit. We are looking forward to meeting those who have made and collected objects for us to include in our installation; their work will be at the very heart of what we hope to accomplish with Trawl.’
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 Portsmouth Festivities 2017. The sharing of creative skills is very much in line with gallery’s aim of supporting local artists and makers.’
Now in its 18th year, Portsmouth Festivities has developed a reputation for providing high quality events with professional artists in the city’s unique venues. Both regionally and nationally, its reach continues to grow. Every year, Portsmouth Festivities will champion the very best of Portsmouth, bringing its rich heritage and thriving cultural scene to the forefront whilst helping tp to shape the provision of accessible cultural experiences for all by providing a high quality programme of performances and events which capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and reflect on the heritage value of Portsmouth. For more information, please visit http://www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Trawl, the Croshare event as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2017, will be held from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 18 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 with 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 them to teach her how to crochet, a task to which they took enthusiastically in the hope of not only imparting their knowledge and skill, but also their passion for the craft.
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
Sharon Bennett is a socially-engaged artist. Often working collaboratively, her work looks at the relationship between artist, artwork and audience. Often the traditional boundaries of these positions are blurred by her highly collaborative practice. Sharon is also a founding member of The Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS) and a member of Critical Practice, a cluster of artists, researchers and academics supported by Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
Tom Jeram-West is a designer-maker specialising in fibre and textiles-related handcrafts. They also enjoy exploring the complex relationships between materials and methods; decoration and function; the historical and the contemporary; the cultural and the social, and the routine and the ritual in creative practices. 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 Portsmouth Festivities, Seeded, Aspex Visual Arts Trust Limited and Search Press in enabling the event.
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