Cromwell Place
Friday, May 12, 2023
06:00 PM
4 Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE
Forest + Found

Join curator Sarah Griffin as she leads a talk between textile artist Abigail Booth and ceramicist Chloé Rosetta Bell. Together they will explore how nature and place manifests in both artists’ practice and the wider discourse this has in contemporary art and craft movements. The conversation will draw upon the deeply personal narratives that inform the materiality of each artist’s work, and how their chosen mediums allow them to explore both the inner psyche and the external world around them.

As part of the wider London Craft Week Programme, this talk is one of several events to coincide with the exhibition Material Beings in which Booth and Bell’s work is exhibited. On show from 10-14th May at Cromwell Place, Material Beings platforms eight ambitious artists and makers pushing the conceptual nature of craft practice through a radical rethinking of materiality.

The talk will last for 1 hour followed by a 15 minute audience Q & A, and will focus on new works made by both artists specifically for the exhibition.


About Abigail Booth

Abigail Booth works across a material language of textiles, painting, printmaking and natural colour. Her works delve into the internal narratives of our imagination, dreams and memory, as they originate in our interactions with nature. Reflecting on the intrinsic relationship of her materials to the human body and psychological condition she looks to her patchworked canvases as a site where tactile images can manifest and play with our shifting understanding of place and identity. Born in London in 1991, Booth studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and Chelsea College of Art, where she graduated in 2013. In 2014 she co-founded the studio practice Forest + Found, with her partner Max Bainbridge whom she works alongside to produce wider projects, exhibiting throughout the UK and internationally.


About Chloé Rosetta Bell

Material-focused and primarily working in clay, Chloé Rosetta Bell’s practice examines livelihoods dependent on a specific landscape. This is driven by her relationship with the land surrounding her home on the Isle of Wight. Situated in the Undercliff it is one of the largest areas of urban landslip in Europe. Bell studies the materials and narratives connected to the site to inform her collections. By sourcing and transforming these materials, her objects become a tangible celebration of the landscape, placing a subtle but essential emphasis on its sustainability. Bell graduated from the Royal College of Art (2019), where she specialised in Ceramics developing glazes from by-products in the food industry receiving a distinction for her thesis.


About Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin is an independent curator and writer specialising in craft, with a background in modern and contemporary art. Exhibitions include Modern Makers, Chatsworth, 2013, Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space, Kettle’s Yard 2019, and biannual exhibitions at the New Art Centre, Salisbury, since 2010. Most recently Sarah co-edited Richard Batterham, Studio Potter, V&A Publishing 2022. Sarah is on the Craft Acquisitions Advisory Committee of the Contemporary Art Society, trustee of the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Open School East, Margate.


Tickets cost £6 and are limited to 20 places, so please book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.  All proceeds go towards covering the cost of the event.

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