Hackney Contemporaries at the Geffrye Museum, 1995

14 February – 18 March 1995

The Geffrye Museum is delighted to host a second exhibition of work by the Hackney Contemporaries, a dynamic group of designer-makers who have chosen Hackney as their base. The East End of London has been a major centre of craft activity for more than 300 years and today, Hackney has the highest concentration of craftmakers and artists in Europe. The Hackney Contemporaries, a highly original, multi-talented group will exhibit their most recent and exciting work including ceramics, furniture, stained glass, rugs, decorative trimmings and wallhangings. Visitors will have an opportunity to buy or commission work from the group; prices range from £15 to £2,000.

The Geffrye Museum has taken a leading role in supporting the formation and development of Hackney Contemporaries as part of its aim to encourage the arts and cultural industries, especially in fields related to its collections of furniture and the decorative arts. “In a sense, the museum is a celebration of 400 years of design and craft and one of its main purposes is to provide a resource for people both to learn from the past and find inspiration for the present and future”, says the museum’s Director, David Dewing. The Geffrye has increasingly sought to promote innovative and high-quality production of contemporary design and crafts, while at the same time encouraging greater awareness and appreciation amongst consumers, actual or potential.

The members of Hackney Contemporaries were selected for their creativity, commitment and business abilities. They provide a positive role model, encouraging others to follow their lead, providing education, training and advice through exhibitions, studio visits, lectures and demonstrations.

Related Activity – Making Ceramic Tiles Kate Malone, a member of the Hackney Contemporaries and creator of the fountain in the Geffrye herb garden, will lead a two-day workshop on the production of lowrelief tiles, using natural forms as inspiration. Participants will design and make their own tiles on the first afternoon, and return the following week to apply the glazes. The workshop will be run over two Saturday afternoons. Suitable for adults and children over eight years of age.

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