Woman’s Hour Craft Prize
7 July – 2 September 2018
Traditional materials and historic skills meet new techniques and challenging ideas in a richly varied, stunning and very contemporary show.
From a bespoke bicycle to a giant willow sculpture, this exhibition provides an important snapshot of how contemporary British craft connects with the world today.
A collaboration between the Crafts Council, V&A and BBC Radio 4, the prize was established to celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK. The 29 experts whittled down over 1,500 applications to select the 12 finalists on show.
Romilly Saumarez-Smith has transformed the stories contained in discarded everyday objects – including Tudor glass and an Anglo Saxon ring – into 18th-century inspired snuff boxes. A specialist in sculpture and bookbinding, Laura Youngson Coll’s intricate sea creature-like sculptures are made from vellum and inspired by 19th-century biologist Ernst Haeckel.
There are ceramics, darned textiles and conceptual glass sculptures. A dissolving fountain of clay, made by Phoebe Cummings, was chosen as the winning creation.
Alongside the national touring exhibition, the museum's own Make Space showcases work by Bristol makers and hosts an ever-changing series of mini displays and events throughout the exhibition.