'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

Press

coverage was generated locally, regionally and nationally...

Mary Rahman from MRPR worked closely with the Director, curators, venue Press Officers and artists to get maximum press coverage for 'the shape of things'

1,350,000 people (approximately!) read about tsot in the national arts press, the national BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) press, and local press – articles appeared in Crafts, a-n magazine, Ceramic Review, Asian Art, Selvedge, Arts Industry, World of Interiors, Asiana Magazine, EMEL Magazine, Eastern Eye Newspaper, The Voice, Bristol Evening Post, Staffordshire Living, Express and Star (Midlands), and the Manchester Evening News

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Photograph of rosanfilmgrab

films: Rosa Nguyen

interview for 'Recording the crafts' archive...

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Photograph of David Kay

films: David Kay

interview for 'Recording the Crafts' archive...

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Photograph of Alinah Azadeh film grab

films: Alinah Azadeh

interview for 'Recording the Crafts' archive...

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Photograph of Acquisition of Craft

films: Acquisition of craft

a debate about buying and collecting craft...

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Photograph of Audience at New Walk Museum Art Gallery for Maggie Scott in converstaion with Bim Adewunmi

archive: Nuts and Bolts

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

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Photograph of Launch of The Shape of Things

films: Launch of 'the shape of things'

in 2010, chaired by Bonnie Greer...

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Photograph of Maggie Scott Private View New Walk Museum Art Gallery

exhibitions: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

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

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Photograph of Tanvi Kant Touchstones Rochdale

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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Photograph of Rezia Wahid work in progress

exhibitions: Crafts Study Centre

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

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Photograph of Sophie Mutevelian the shape of things exhibition at Flow Gallery London

exhibitions: Flow Gallery

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

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Photograph of Seiko Kinoshita installing work at Bilston Craft Gallery

exhibitions: Bilston Crafts Gallery

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

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Photograph of Rosa Nguyen Bristol Museum Art Gallery

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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Photograph of Chien Wei Changin conversation

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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Photograph of Maggie Scott

artists: Maggie Scott

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

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Photograph of Alinah Azadeh portrait

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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Photograph of Halima Cassell in her studio

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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Photograph of Chien Wei Changs Masterclass

films: Chien-Wei Chang's Masterclass

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

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Photograph of Tanvi Kant portrait

films: Tanvi Kant

at Origin 2007...

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Photograph of Chien Wei Chang New Walk Museum Art Gallery

archive: Blogs

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

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Photograph of Disruptive Difference Symposium

archive: Disruptive Difference Symposium

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

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Photograph of Rosa Nguyen in her studio

artists: Rosa Nguyen

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

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Photograph of Raimi

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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Photograph of Seiko Kinoshita in her studio

artists: Seiko Kinoshita

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

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Photograph of Taslim Martin installing Rami at Touchstone Rochdale

films: Taslim Martin

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

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Photograph of An interview with Taslim Martin

films: Taslim Martin

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

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Photograph of Alinah Azadeh Bristol City Museum Art Gallery

films: 'The Gifts'

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

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Photograph of Tanvi Kant portait

artists: Tanvi Kant

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

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Photograph of Timelapse installation of Chien Wei Changs exhibition

films: Chien-Wei Chang installation

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

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Photograph of Seiko Kinoshita at work

films: Seiko Kinoshita

interviewed in her studio...

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Photograph of Halima Cassell in her studio

films: Halima Cassell

interviewed in her studio...

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Photograph of Maggie Scott in conversation with Bim Adewunmi New Walk Museum Art Gallery

films: Maggie Scott

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

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Photograph of Maggie Scott talks about her work

films: Maggie Scott

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

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Photograph of Taslim Martin in his studio

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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Photograph of Rezia Wahid at Disruptive Difference

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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Photograph of crafts cover

archive: Press

coverage was generated locally, regionally and nationally...

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