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Crafting a Difference: SoShiro Gallery

Dec 26, 2020

In a time when so many of us have been forced apart, SoShiro Gallery attempts to craft a difference by coming together in these extraordinary times.

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Five London-based contemporary craft and visual arts galleries have forged an unprecedented relationship to bring together an ambitiously diverse selection of work in early 2021. ‘Crafting a Difference’ at SoShiro gallery, is a positively defiant act of coming together at a time when so many have been forced apart.

The exhibition is the brainchild of curator Brian Kennedy: “The craft sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, yet it’s also been a very creative time for many makers, artists and gallerists. For ‘Crafting a Difference’, not only do we have makers from Kenya, France, Spain, Japan, Argentina, China, UK, USA, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Brazil, Scandinavia, Chile, Korea, Iceland, Vietnam, but a wide mix of materials and methods are being explored. Our intention is clear: to illustrate that now, more than ever, the process of creation, is undeniably a deep-rooted, unifying force.”

Work in ceramics, wood, glass, metals, textiles, and paper by over seventy-five artists will be exhibited across four floors of the Georgian townhouse, that is SoShiro. The lower floors feature work in the context of a gallery space, whereas the top two floors display pieces in the context of a residential interior.

“It’s incredibly exciting to host the debut of ‘Crafting A Difference’ at SoShiro and to welcome visitors in person to our space” says SoShiro founder Shiro Muchiri. “With all eyes on London during the London Art Fair and Collect, this show brings together over 200 objects from across the globe, focusing on the beauty of making and all the varied elements intrinsic to work created by hand.

jaggedart - orest + Found - Max bainbridge vessel - photograph Max Bainbridge.
jaggedart - Kazuhito Takadoi - KUMOMA 3 detail 1 photograph Kazuhito Takadoi
Ikuko Iwamoto pofupofu, vase, porcelain.
Frances Priest, Gathering Places Grammar of Ornamnet India, Shanon Tofts Photography, 2017.
Scaled group. H 56 x W 19 x D 15 cms. Reused HDPE plastic, dye, threads and pins. Helen O'Shea.
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