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‘Obsolescence and Renewal’ in FABRIK, International seminar as part of Stockholm Craft Week

BROWNSWORD, Neil (2019) ‘Obsolescence and Renewal’ in FABRIK, International seminar as part of Stockholm Craft Week. In: FABRIK, International seminar as part of Stockholm Craft Week, 3rd October 2019, Gustavsbergsteatern, Skärgårdsvägen, Stockholm.. (Unpublished)

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‘Obsolescence and Renewal’
For nearly three decades Neil Brownsword’s artistic practice has reflected upon transitions in North Staffordshire’s ceramic industry, drawing together particular attention to the value and sustainability of its intangible heritage. In collaboration with a senior generation of industrial artisans, Brownsword restages their endangered practices through performative works at prestigious venues which have included the Korea Ceramic Foundation, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford and the Victoria and Alber Museum. His interventions highlight the nuances of their craft and offer a new layer of production that re-imagines the histories and influences of traditional manufacture. This presentation will illuminate Brownsword’s practice and its context to date.

Speakers include writer and craft theorist Ezra Shales, the exhibition's artists Inger Andersson, Neil Brownsword, Matt Smith and Sissi Westerberg, and also Ulrika Schaeder representing Nationalmuseum and Lisa Wallert representing the studio collectiv "G-studion" in Gustavsberg.

We are happy to invite you to the international seminar FABRIK at Gustavsbergs Konsthall, October 3, 2019. The seminar is part of the exhibition FABRIK that will focus on narratives around sites of former craft industries. It is also part of and starting point for the Stockholm Craft Week programme, October 3-6.

Gustavsbergs Konsthall is located in an area that previously housed the famous Gustavsberg porcelain factory. The history of the porcelain factory remains apparent through the artists and craftspeople who currently work in the area, together with the small-scale porcelain manufactory. The participating artists in FABRIK are in different ways exploring memories and meanings of such places. The exhibition and seminar will suggest starting points for thinkingand imagining the past, present and futures of places of deindustrialisation.

The FABRIK seminar is also part of the Stockholm Craft Week programme, October 3-6. Read more at:

During Stockholm Craft Week many activities will take part in Gustavsberg. Performance by Rita Floyd in the exhibition FABRIK on Saturday and Sunday Oct 5-6, artist talks in the studio collective “G-studion”, outdoor glassblowing for kids and much more.
FABRIK is enabled by Statens Kulturråd / Swedish Art Council.

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Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Event Title: FABRIK, International seminar as part of Stockholm Craft Week
Event Location: Gustavsbergsteatern, Skärgårdsvägen, Stockholm.
Event Dates: 3rd October 2019
Depositing User: Neil BROWNSWORD
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 14:38
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:01
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