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PRESS RELEASE – BALL AND CH: CROSHARE AT PORTSMOUTH FESTIVITIES 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018

CROSHARE TO PRESENT BALL AND CH: A PARTICIPATORY ART AND CRAFT EVENT DISCUSSING WOMEN AND THE DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENT AS PART OF PORTSMOUTH FESTIVITIES 2018

On Saturday 16 June 2018, from 11am-4pm, Croshare heads back to Aspex, a contemporary gallery in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2018 with Ball and Ch.

Ball and Ch (read: ball and chain) is a participatory art and craft event responding to Portsmouth Festivities 2018’s theme of ‘freedom’ by exploring domesticity as a phenomenon that continues to restrict women’s choices.

As well as discussing the continued restrictions domesticity places on women, and lack of equality in the division of labour found in the domestic environment, Ball and Ch will celebrate ways in which freedom from domesticity and the domestic environment has increased and improved for women.

Visitors to the free drop-in event at Aspex will contribute to 3D crocheted objects that depict how domestic labour and the domestic environment are experienced as restricting women’s freedom.

Anyone may get involved, and is welcome to simply turn up at Aspex, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 16 June 2018. 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 builds on the trend for reviving fibre-based crafts outside the domestic sphere, situating crochet in a contemporary art practice and turning the the acts of teaching and learning the craft into art themselves.

Tom Jeram-West, Croshare co-founder, said: “We look forward to being back at Aspex for another Portsmouth Festivities. We have the privilege of conducting an event discussing an aspect of women’s freedom during the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK and cannot wait to see the results.”

Aspex has a long and proud history of supporting visual arts through engagement and participation with artists and their creative processes. Visit https://aspex.org.uk/ for more details.

Now in its 19th year, Portsmouth Festivities brings Portsmouth’s heritage and cultural scene to the forefront whilst helping to provide accessible cultural experiences for all. Visit http://www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/ for more details.

Use #icroshared on Twitter and Instagram to share your experiences of Croshare at Portsmouth Festivities 2018, and visit the Croshare website at http://croshare.art/ to keep up to date with the latest news.

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ENDS


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Ball and Ch, the Croshare event as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2018, will be held from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 16 June at Aspex, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF. Yarn, hooks and know-how will be supplied by the artists.

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 writer and researcher who explores and interrogates creativity across a range of cultural, social and societal contexts; and a designer-maker specialising in fibre and textiles-related handcrafts. Tom is a co-founder of the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium, 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 and Aspex Visual Arts Trust Limited in enabling the event.

CONTACT DETAILS

For general information about Croshare at Portsmouth Festivities 2018, including all enquiries relating to participation, please write to mail [at] croshare [dot] art.

For press and PR information about Croshare at Portsmouth Festivities 2018, including requests for interviews or images, or to organise event coverage, please write to press [at] croshare [dot] art.

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