Taking place 27 February – 1 March 2020 at Somerset House, London, the 16th edition of Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design includes works by 400 gallery-presented artists from 25 countries. This is the first time the event has been hosted by Somerset House in London.

To coincide with the opening, Crafts Council, which presents the fair, has announced four winners of the Collect 2020 Awards. They are:

Perfume Bottle Ring, 2019, by Bernhard Schobinger (represented by Gallery S O, Switzerland/UK) – winner of Collect Object of the Fair.

Margo Selby – winners of Collect Open Award, supported by Sanlam UK.

Intoart, London – winner of Collect Outstanding Display by a Gallery.

Matt Smith (represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London) – winner of Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Prize.

Prize winners were selected by a panel that included: Natalie Melton, Creative Director of the Crafts Council; Sarah Griffin, curator and collector; Stephen Feeke, writer and curator and previously director of New Arts Centre, Rochecourt; Penny Lovell, CEO Private Wealth Sanlam; and Saff Williams, Marketing Manager, Brookfield Properties Europe.

In addition to the main fair, this year’s Collect Open presents a platform for 12 new ambitious craft-led installations by individual artists and collectives showcased around Somerset House. Artists include Tal Batit whose studio specialises in innovative ceramic design, sculptures and talkative objects, and Linda Bloomfield whose installation for Collect Open is a series of organic forms based on stromatolites and granite boulders. Also exhibiting is LOT, a collaborative project between jewellers Sarah Pulvertaft and Jed Green and embroiderer Beatrice Mayfield.

This year’s Collect Talks programme explores contemporary craft with leading voices from the worlds of craft, design, architecture, fashion and art. Highlights include: Makers’ Eye, Maker’s Voice – Talking About Craft, an exclusive preview of the inaugural exhibition of the new Crafts Council Gallery, which opens in March with a look at the Crafts Council Collection through the eyes of those who have contributed to the shaping of modern British craft; Jewellery As Art, Jewellery As Metaphor with Crafts magazine and contemporary craft consultant Daniella Wells hosting an international panel discussion; and ceramic artist Carol McNicoll in conversation with art historian, Crafts columnist and long-time friend Tanya Harrod.

Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design takes place at Somerset House, London, 27 February – 1 March 2020. Tickets £23.00 general admission, £19.50 concessions and students.

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1. Collect Object of the Fair – Bernhard Schobinger, Perfume Bottle Ring, 2019. Photo: Iona Wolff
2. Collect Open Award, supported by Sanlam UK – Margo Selby. Photo: Iona Wolff
3. Collect Oustanding Display by a Gallery – Intoart, London. Photo: Iona Wolff
4. Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Prize – Matt Smith. Photo: Iona Wolff

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