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Thoughts from the Woman's Hour Craft Prize

The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize exhibition opened in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 7 July, displaying work from artists across the UK including this year’s winner Phoebe Cummings. As a sponsor of the exhibition, National Friendly attended the recent launch evening and spoke to some of the attendees.

The Prize, first exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, rewards originality and excellence in concept, design and process as well as the contribution to the craft practice in the last five years. V&A Senior Curator Alun Graves was keen to express how influential he felt the exhibition to be on craft practice.

Speaking to National Friendly he said “There’s more installation based work which challenges a lot of people’s ideas of what craft practice can be. I hope the exhibition can inspire and surprise people, maybe even get them wanting to be more involved with craft in ways they’d never expect.”

Read our interview with Craft Prize winner Phoebe Cummings

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Producer, Corinna Jones, was also in attendance and she echoed Alun’s thoughts on the exhibition as a whole. “The main thing I’d like people to take away from this exhibition is just to be inspired, make and create. It’s a key part of life, being able to use your hands to figure out problems and so much of making is about figuring out problems. So if people of any age are inspired, we can keep those craft skills alive and progress creativity.”

The rich and varied exhibition will be touring to a number of venues around the country, exploring the decline of UK manufacturing, advances in medicine as well as personal stories of loss.  In Bristol alongside the touring exhibition the museum is hosting their very own ‘Make Space’ which showcases work by Bristol artists in ever-changing series of mini displays and events.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Crafts Council, the V&A and BBC Radio 4, as part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

The exhibition runs until 2 September, 2018. Click here to book tickets. 

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