An exhibition featuring 34 international and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of convention.
Radical Craft, will showcase a selection of work by artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. There will also be various pieces by historically renowned artists associated with Outsider Art. Over half the artists in the exhibition are self-taught and are associated with specialist centres, groups and studios who play a vital role in nurturing and supporting their creative development.
The work explores themes including radical missions in which artists have a passion for a particular subject or technique; using textiles as a means of engaging with the outside world; autobiographical responses to the natural or urban environment; and folkloric or surreal perceptions of the world.
Each of the artists’ individual backgrounds and paths of creative development occupy a different world to our more typical perception of the artist or craftsman. Most have never received any formal art training, although their practices may have been nurtured and encouraged in specialist centres or studios. Their work or creative impulses have been developed with independence, perceptual senses and an obvious lack of inhibition which is rarely aimed at a particular audience or marketplace. The artworks convey personal visions of the world, reveal inventive use of materials and vary in scale. From miniature sculptures carved into toothpicks and lead pencil tips, to vehicles made from recycled scrap, this exhibition challenges conventional ideas of who and what belongs in the gallery.