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Artefact, discovered at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Artefact, a new contemporary craft fair, will launch this summer at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, the world’s premier design destination, from 22 – 29 June 2021.

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Blue and Red Floating Bowl by Nicholas Lees Represented by Cavaliero Finn

Attracting top designers, architects, collectors, art-lovers and style-seekers, the physical event will feature an impressive rollcall of contemporary craft and visual arts galleries from the vibrant British craft scene. They include Cavaliero Finn, Candida Stevens Gallery, Jaggedart, Katie Jones, madeinbritaly, Ting-Ying Gallery and Vessel Gallery, with more to be announced.

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Jaggedart – Kazuhito Takadoi – green grass, gold leak, beech branch on Japanese handmade paper. Photograph by the artist.

As the world changes at an unprecedented pace, technology can make life more efficient, but often to the detriment of carefully crafted pieces. Artefact is both a marketplace and a celebration of contemporary craft, encouraging visitors to experience the tactility and joy that handmade objects can bring to their lives.

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madeinbritaly_Francesco Raimondi, Allegory vase, 2017, glazed earthenware 38 x 35 x 35cm

Contemporary craft is increasingly making its mark in the world of interior design, and this curated fair will present a range of objects of astonishing breadth, scope and artistic merit. Museum-quality pieces on show will come from all over the world, and will include works in unusual materials like paper and blanc de chine, as well as representations of stalwart craft disciplines like metalwork, glass, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.

madeinbritaly – Andrea Salvatori, Composizione 40100#12, 2019, glazed earthenware h 35 x30 x 30 cm. Photography by Luca Nostri

Transforming an idea into reality takes passion, imagination and vision; from cutting-edge innovation to seeing the potential of materials and artisan processes. In-person visits to Artefact will be an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how one-of-a-kind designs are conceived and made, as well as acquire unique work to cherish for years to come.

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Ting Ying, Bi-Valve, 2019, Helen O’Shea. Reused HDPE plastic, threads and pins. Photography by Roland Paschhoff

An experiential feature in collaboration with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) will showcase craft skills. The charity supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople.

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Ting Ying, Pink Wall Ribbons, 2019, Alice Walton. Coloured porcelain. Photography by Sylvain Deleu

Broadening insights and specialist knowledge a curated talks programme online will reach out to a global audience.

Timed to coincide with people coming together again, Artefact will be staged in the magnificent Design Avenue. Visitors eager to discover, learn and connect, can meet the gallerists and view in person authentic work from established and emerging artists and makers.

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Vessel Gallery, Vari Capitelli IX by Jo Taylor

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour supports creative expression across the design agenda. Register Now.

www.dcch.co.uk

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