Hackney Contemporaries at the Geffrye Museum, 1993

HACKNEY CONTEMPORARIES Design and Craft from Hackney

National Launch and Exhibition of Work: Geffrye Museum, 30 September – 3 October 1993

Press Launch and Private View: Thursday 30 September 1993, 12.00 – 2.00 pm

Open to the Public: Thursday 2.00 – 5.00, Friday, Saturday 10.00 – 5.00, Sunday 2.00 – 5.00

Hackney Contemporaries, an exciting new group of 15 talented designer makers from Hackney, will be launched with an exhibition at the Geffrye Museum from 30 September to 3 October 1993. The group, selected for the high quality of their work, includes makers of furniture, ceramics, stained glass, textiles, wallhangings, rugs, passementerie and batik. Work displayed at the Geffrye Museum will be available for sale or commission.

Hackney Contemporaries was initiated by Mazorca, a marketing and training consultancy, to raise the profile of design and craft from Hackney and develop markets both in the UK and Europe. Supported by a grant from CILNTEC (the training and enterprise council for the City, Islington and Hackney) the group now forms part of Hackney’s strategy to develop cultural industries through the Dalston City Challenge programme. “Having worked in Hackney for 8 years I am very pleased that we are now able to form a group to raise public awareness of the quality of design and craft being created here”, said textile designer and printer Cressida Bell. “I hope that soon Hackney will be seen as a thriving centre of excellence for a huge variety of highly motivated and talented designers.” Kate Malone, ceramicist, adds “I am excited to be a part of the Hackney Contemporaries. The standard of fellow members’ work is inspiring and look forward to a high level of collaboration and communication within the Group. To share the common ground of Hackney as a living and working place gives a welcome increase to my sense of community, which is hard to achieve when living in London. Hackney has an amazing wealth of talents and resources and I hope that our group will both use and add to these”.

The exhibition at the Geffrye Museum, which is actively supporting the development of contemporary crafts within Hackney, will be followed by a series of exhibitions at major European trade fairs over the next two years. The first will be LINEA, the interior design show at Ghent, Belgium, in October. “To me Hackney Contemporaries sounds like a very exciting and inspiring project,” said Claire West, Visual Arts Organiser (Crafts) at the Royal Festival Hall. “Not only has the group shown initiative in coming together to promote their work without relying on the established circuits, but it also consists of an interesting cross-section of both highly reputable, established makers and new talent.”

The group consists of:

Kate Baden Fuller
Cressida Bell
Karen Bunting
Michael Clements
Dimitra Grivellis
Celia Harrington
Fenella Mallalieu
Kate Malone
Susan Nemeth
Rebecca Newnham
Andrea Stemmer and Fiona Sharp Stemmer and Sharp
Frances Soubeyran
Jola Spytkowska
Sian Tucker

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