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2 Acts of Making Festival The Shipley Art Gallery, March 7 – 21 6 makers. 6 moments. 14 days to discover. of-making

3 Acts of Making is a two-week festival celebrating contemporary craft through performances, live installations, collaborations and workshops. The festival features six artists all using craft skills in unexpected ways to create moments that are curious, fascinating and short- lived. Richard William Wheater, Tree and Scooters Collage, Paper. Courtesy of the Artist. Owl Project, Photosynthonium, Logs and electronics. Installation Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, Ealing. Image courtesy of Owl Project and Pitzhanger Manor Gallery. Clare Twomey, Is It Madness. Is It Beauty, Clay and performance. Courtesy of the artist and ROTOR – Siobhan Davies Studios. Photo: MJ Kelly

4 Festival Themes Making as performance Making as a statement Unexpected use of traditional craft techniques Use of unexpected materials Making as a temporary act Collaboration and participation in making

5 Catherine Bertola Unfurling Splendour [V] Catherine Bertola will create a patterned carpet made entirely of dust at the start of the festival. Visitors will be able to witness Bertola painstakingly creating the piece over the course of three days. The carpet’s pattern will be inspired by the history and architecture of the gallery building and will represent its invisible history. It will be cleaned away after the close of the festival. Catherine Bertola, After the Fact, Found dust and sound. Images courtesy the artist, Workplace Gallery and Galerie M+R Fricke. The Shipley Art Gallery Installation performance: 7/10/11 March Completed installation: March De-installation performance; 21 March

6 Keith Harrison Tombstone [let’s get over this] Tombstone [let’s get over this] is a series of benches designed for skateboarders. They will featured as a part of an event hosted at Dynamix Skatepark. The benches are made of sandstone and will change shape as they are sculpted by the skills of the skaters at the event. Come along and witness an Act of Making. Image (Top) Keith Harrison, Bench, Green and Yellow, Gouache, coloured paper, tippex and pencil on cardboard. Courtesy of the Artist. Image (Below) Keith Harrison, Four Colour Ways, Gouache, coloured paper, tippex and pencil on cardboard. Courtesy of the Artist. Find the artwork: Dynamix Skatepark Collaborative performance: Skate Jam Event Attack of the Tombstones: 14 March, 7pm – 10 pm

7 Owl Project Photosynthonium Photosynthonium is a log pile embedded with LEDs. Light is converted into sound and can be played by moving hand-held iLog devices over them. The iLogs are connected to large wooden amplifiers, allowing you to create your own sound art. Visit and play the Photosynthonium at the gallery during the festival. Owl Project, Photosynthonium, Logs and electronics. Installation Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, Ealing. Image courtesy of Owl Project and Pitzhanger Manor Gallery. The Shipley Art Gallery Collaborative performance: 7-21 March Live artist improvised performance: 7 March – 3pm Workshops: 7 & 21 March -10am – 2:30pm

8 Mah Rana Meanings and Attachments This work records the personal stories that link people to the jewellery they wear. Stories have been collected from people all around the world and are added to the archive, which can be viewed online at During the festival Mah Rana will record stories at Gateshead Central Library and exhibit her work and photographs at The Shipley Art Gallery. Mah Rana, Meanings and Attachments, Event held at Skövde Kulturhus, Sweden; commissioned by Konsthantverkscentrum. Photo: Mah Rana. Find the artwork: Gateshead Central Library Live event: 7 March, 10am – 12.30pm Live event: 17 March, 10am – 2:45 pm The Shipley Art Gallery Display: March

9 Claire Twomey Is It Madness. Is It Beauty. Claire Twomey’s work is a performance piece which takes place at the Shipley Art Gallery over the course of five days during the festival. 500 unfired clay pots will be repeatedly filled with water, leading to their gradual disintegration and loss of function. Twomey will work with volunteers to perform this pieces which is a comment on the futility of human action. Clare Twomey, Is It Madness. Is It Beauty, Clay and performance. Courtesy of the artist and ROTOR – Siobhan Davies Studios. Photos: MJ Kelly The Shipley Art Gallery Performance: March, 11am – 3pm

10 Richard William Wheater Tree and Scooters Tree and Scooters is a procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters which will take place on Saturday March 7, starting at 1pm at Trinity Square shopping centre, arriving at the Shipley Art Gallery at 2pm. The procession will demonstrate man’s effect on the environment. Each scooter will carry a flag showing a section of a plastic poplar tree. After the procession the flags will be displayed until the end of the festival. Richard William Wheater, Tree and Scooters, Trinity Square Shopping Centre to The Shipley Art Gallery Performance and procession: 7 March,1pm-2pm The Shipley Art Gallery Display: 7-21 March

11 What will your Act of Making be? Use this slide and the following curriculum links to create Acts of Making in your classroom. -Study patterns and create patterned art using unusual materials inspired by Catherine Bertola’s work -Look at materials that nature gives to art and craft and create memorial statements for nature inspired by Richard William Wheater’s flags -Use a mix of high and low-tech equipment to create instruments that respond like the Photosynthonium -Work with clay inspired by Claire Twomeys work: allow people to make and ‘un-make’ each other’s work: discuss the process of making -Visit the festival and encourage students to respond to the installations and performances in their own way -Allow students to consider participation in their work: can they create work that is shaped or sculpted by others like Keith Harrison’s Tombstone? -Photograph jewellery and record stories to be added to meaningsandattachments.tumblr.com Images courtesy of Crafts Council

12 Curriculum Links – Primary Art and Design -Use Acts of Making as a sketching activity -Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas  -Use Acts of Making to work with new materials -Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]  -Use Acts of Making to learn about art and the local community -Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history Design and Technology Owl Project has strong links to -Design/invent your own musical instruments -Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately  -Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities -Play the Photosynthonium -Investigate and analyse a range of existing products. -Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria. Images courtesy of Crafts Council

13 Curriculum Links – Secondary Art and Design -Analyse and evaluate the work of others -Visit the gallery and record the visit in a diary or sketchbook -Consider different materials used and apply that in class to increase proficiency in the handling of materials Design and Technology Owl Projects has strong links to -Analyse the work of past and present professionals… -Investigate new and emerging technologies -Apply computing and use electronics to embed intelligence in products that respond to inputs, and control outputs using programmable components Images courtesy of Crafts Council

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