Two Original Voices: Karen Bunting and Carina Ciscato
Wednesday 11th August, 6.00pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. This event is held in association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.
Joanna Bird will discuss with Karen Bunting and Carina Ciscato their individual practices, their ideas on form and the role of decoration in their work.
Mainly self-taught, Karen Bunting makes functional pottery, working in reduction fired stoneware. Each piece is first thrown or hand-built, then individually worked and decorated with stripes, spots and cross-hatching to enhance aspects of each form. The reduction firing generates muted colours, often marked out with darker lines of patterning, producing a stillness and sobriety which Karen has expressed as a quality she is drawn to.
Working primarily in porcelain, Carina Ciscato is a Brazilian potter based in London (since 1999). She creates pots with a natural sense of balance through the process of throwing, de-constructing and re-assembling. The sense of fluidity in her work is further heightened through her masterful application of quiet and muted tones of body and glazes.
Akiko Hirai and Jason Collingwood in conversation with Joanna Bird
Wednesday 28th July, 6.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.
Akiko Hirai and Jason Collingwood discuss their respective work and how their different practices interact.
Akiko makes practical ware using the Japanese tradition of allowing the clay to show how it wants to be fired itself. Focusing on the interaction between the objects and the viewers, her work enables the viewer to find out the language of the objects in their own way. Her work and unique approach to ceramic work have had much high praise and her work is becoming more in demand from her commissions worldwide.
With over 30 years experience as a professional rug weaver Jason has produced thousands of rugs for hundreds of international private and corporate clients. Working closely with architects, interior designers and fashion houses, Jason Collingwood designs and weaves all the rugs himself. In addition to the weaving Jason passes on his skills by teaching extensively in North America, Europe and Australia.
Adam Buick in conversation with Joanna Bird
Designing with Plants The Great Dixter Way
Wednesday 14th July, 6.00pm and 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.
Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, has generously offered a selection of specialist plants, which have been planted in the Gallery’s beautiful garden. Tools, hurdles and benches from Great Dixter will also be exhibited; these are made entirely from wood grown in the surrounding woodlands. We are pleased to announce that on July 14th Fergus will be presenting two lectures at the Joanna Bird Gallery, entitled ‘Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way’. The first at 6:00 p.m. and the second at 7.30 p.m.
Wine and light refreshments will be served.
All proceeds go to the Joanna Bird Foundation and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.
Infused with Colour
Wednesday 26th May, 6.00 – 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.
Gregory discussed his latest works in glass, his perspectives on colour and the his life’s work in art, music and poetry. We would like to thank Gregory for this fascinating and insightful talk.
Gregory Warren Wilson is an artist, professional violinist and award-winning poet. His most recent work in glass is the culmination of twenty-five years of design. Working on multiple layers of glass set within deep frames, his work is sculptural in its concerns. He balances colour in such a way that each design appears definitively resolved, while at the same time maintaining its asymmetry.
The Gallery has made a short interview with Gregory (viewable with this link) in which he discusses his artistic process and his new mosaics for the exhibition.
The Joys of Collecting
Wednesday 19th May, 6.00 – 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.
Charlotte and Nicholas discussed with Joanna their collection which embraces their personal and distinguished taste in fine art, ceramics, sculpture and glass. We would like to thank them both for their zealous engagement and enlightening conversation, which produced a truly intimate and special event.
Nicholas and Charlotte are enthusiastic collectors of fine art and crafts. After managing the Impressionist and Modern art department at Christie’s, Nicholas is now codirector of Eykyn Maclean, a gallery in New York. Nicholas is also chair of The Society of London Art Dealers, and is a trustee of Hastings Contemporary. Having headed the prints department at Phillips, Charlotte is a passionate gardener and is involved with the European Boxwood and Topiary Society.
Friday 21st May, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Rowledge’s Studio, London W9. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.
Tracey Rowledge gave an illuminating tour of her studio and discussed her recent bookbinding work and past projects. We would like to thank Tracey for giving a wonderful insight into her workspace and artistic process.
Tracey is an artist and bookbinder, living and working in London. Rowledge’s practice draws from both her fine art and bookbinding training, utilising traditional tools and materials. Through mark-making, Rowledge explores the materiality of objects and their function.
Tracey is a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Kathy Abbott, to produce high quality and intelligent bookbinding work. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous public and private collections, including the V&A and The British Library.
Hélène Binet’s ESALA Public Lecture – ‘The Making of a Photograph’
Hélène Binet delves into her photographic processes and illuminates her artistic perspectives in her talk ‘The Making of a Photograph’. The lecture comes as part of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture’s ‘Frictions’ programme of events, which contributes to ongoing debates in research, practice and pedagogy by celebrating a diversity of voices and a multiplicity of approaches.
Steffen Dam’s “The Journey to M31”
Steffen Dam’s film “The Journey to M31” as featured on Create Day 2020, an event organised by the team behind London Craft Week.