'the shape of things' was a national craft initiative which supported culturally diverse artists to make and show significant new work; which developed new audiences for contemporary craft; and which stimulated debate about diversity in craft. This site provides a lasting legacy and archive for the main programme which finished in June 2012

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The Shape of Things

Chien-Wei Chang Masterclass

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Maggie Scott

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The Shape of Things

films: Rosa Nguyen

interview for 'Recording the crafts' archive...

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films: David Kay

interview for 'Recording the Crafts' archive...

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films: Alinah Azadeh

interview for 'Recording the Crafts' archive...

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films: Acquisition of craft

a debate about buying and collecting craft...

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archive: Nuts and Bolts

details about 'the shape of things' from stats to the audience development framework...

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films: Launch of 'the shape of things'

in 2010, chaired by Bonnie Greer...

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exhibitions: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

the exhibitions extended our crafts audiences and our audiences from diverse communities...

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exhibitions: Touchstones Rochdale

has a history of exhibiting work by Black and Asian artists and in the past has shown work by...

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exhibitions: Crafts Study Centre

Wahid's work is intensely personal. It communicates instantly her need to express...

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exhibitions: Flow Gallery

the exhibition here meant that the initiative could engage with a privately run gallery and...

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exhibitions: Bilston Crafts Gallery

the experiment is running now, the reactants and their medium are selected...

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exhibitions: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

both sets of work are extremely moving and beautiful. An exhibition to engage both the emotions and the intellect...

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artists: Chien-Wei Chang

I want to prove that craft can step out of its domestic environment to engage with a wider public audience...

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artists: Maggie Scott

is informed by a passionate engagement with gender and race politics...

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artists: Alinah Azadeh

this has given me time to examine the cultural legacy of my Iranian heritage and how that makes itself visible in my practice...

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artists: Halima Cassell

just like the differently coloured and contrastingly textured clays hewn from the Earth we are all of one substance, despite our superficial differences...

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films: Chien-Wei Chang's Masterclass

with 3D Design Craft Students at De Montfort University, Leicester...

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films: Tanvi Kant

at Origin 2007...

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archive: Blogs

when I record words, I create something; a tangible paragraph that no one else can replicate...

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archive: Disruptive Difference Symposium

I was introduced to new ways of thinking and practices, a fact that was amazing...

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artists: Rosa Nguyen

describes how the fusion of her Vietnamese and French background and cultural experience...

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archive: Essays

the role of exhibition in provoking thought is at the core of achieving the ambitions for 'the shape of things'...

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artists: Seiko Kinoshita

came to the UK to follow her dream of becoming an artist...

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films: Taslim Martin

installing 'Raimi' for his exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale...

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films: Taslim Martin

interview in his studio on the eve of his show at Touchstones Rochdale...

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films: 'The Gifts'

a quick tour of Alinah Azadeh's exhibition at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery...

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artists: Tanvi Kant

upholds the re-use, repair and value of handwork with materials sourced from her family and friends...

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films: Chien-Wei Chang installation

timelapse of his exhibition installation at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery...

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films: Seiko Kinoshita

interviewed in her studio...

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films: Halima Cassell

interviewed in her studio...

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films: Maggie Scott

in conversation with Bim Adewunmi, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery...

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films: Maggie Scott

discusses her work and members of the public talk about its impact on them...

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artists: Taslim Martin

is interested in the sculptural potential of functional objects and investigating the notion of cultural identity and the artist...

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artists: Rezia Wahid

we met just as I had started wearing the headscarf and was being seen as a 'muslim artist', which I am, but not just that...

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archive: Press

coverage was generated locally, regionally and nationally...

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