On the weekend of 22-25 February this year, with support from Go Global we were excited to make our debut at Collect, the leading international art fair for contemporary objects presented by the Crafts Council. Presented by the Crafts Council, Collect offers an unrivalled opportunity to see and buy exceptional, craft-led works by artists and makers represented by a carefully selected group of leading international galleries. Collect welcomes over 14,000 visitors including international galleries, artists and collectors. You can experience a dynamic programme of events, exhibitions and free talks.
Beside new work by Emma Baker (UK) and Alan Horsley (UK), we exhibited work by Anne Petters (Germany), a multi-media artist with a strong background in glass, as well as work by Silvia Levenson (Italy) whose work has been exhibited around the world and is part of several public collections. Our showcase nestled proudly amongst 34 other high profile galleries from the UK and overseas.
Throughout the fair, regular updates were posted on our website and social media. A highlight being the Facebook Live Stream of our Artist Booth talk on the afternoon of Day One of the fair which can still be viewed over on our Facebook page and will be added to our new Digital Archive on our website soon.
Reflecting on the fair, Karen Phillips, Director, says “We could not have asked for a better debut at Collect. We were absolutely blown away by the overwhelmingly positive response from both old and new friends. The pure passion for craft shown throughout the fair was refreshing and made Collect an enjoyable experience for us and our artists. We are extremely grateful to our funders HIE, Creative Scotland and the Collect Team for their support,”
When asked her personal highlight, Emma Baker, Artist comments “The whole experience was a highlight for me. It was a challenge creating new work within the given timeframe and I have learnt things about the material and myself during that process. Feeling the sense of achievement and relief once the work was in situ is something that I shall always remember.”
Likewise, Anne Petters, Artist comments “One of the highlights for me at the fair was the reaction the general audience had to my work. One of my goals is to amaze people and make them curious. The response from children and young adults was particularly rewarding.”
Our Collect 2018 exhibition is on display in our Lybster Gallery from April to August this year.