KETE: Contemporary Craft and Design Fair
Start: 07/09/2012 10:00 am
End: 09/09/2012 5:00 pm
Kete is a three day craft/design fair and symposium that celebrates a passion for objects and design, opening at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts gallery in Wellington, Thursday 6 September.
In a three-day exhibition, Kete (10am, Friday 7 September - 5pm, Sunday 9 September), will represent many of the country’s leading craft and design artists. Kete will bring together practitioners and galleries exhibiting objects in jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and furniture. Contributors include Anna Miles Gallery, Bowen Galleries, Chambers241, David Trubridge, Designtree, Dilana Rugs, F3 Design, Massey School of Design, The National, Toi Maori Aotearoa, Vessel Gallery,Whitespace Gallery and Whitireia.
Over three days, an accompanying lecture programme will highlight national and international guest speakers. Keynote speakers inlcude Melbourne-based curator and academic, Kevin Murray, Vice-President of the World Craft Council Asia pacific Region and online Editor of the Journal of Modern Craft and David Trubridge, internationally recognised designer.
Interest in handmade and sustainable crafted objects has grown immensely since the late 1990s. In 2006, writing in Ideolog, Hamish Coney even went so far as to publically comment that ‘New Zealand’s object art scene is arguably more happening than our "proper" art scene.’ His observations demonstrate the growing interest from serious collectors of New Zealand craft and design in the market for ceramics, furniture and glass, as well as the presence of a new generation of makers and arts commentators such as Damian Skinner and Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins who curate craft and design exhibitions and publish serious commentary on such work.
Recognising the importance of contemporary craft in New Zealand, Kete will also be the occasion of the launch of Craft Aotearoa - a newly established naitonal advocate for craft and design.