Crafts of Child's Play:
Celebrating timeless childhood

11 June - 23 July 2016

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

 

This exhibition celebrates timeless childhood. At the dawn of the 20th century, Arts and Crafts reformers, social theorists and psychologists explored childhood. Artist and makers were deriving inspiration from the new movement of revising childhood. Children's innocence, and the naiveté they display in the exploration of their environment, offered artists means of examining social conventions or revealing absurdity. This kind of playful and unpredictable attitude to cultural norms initiated new, uncanny explorations in the work of expressionists and surrealists.
 
The work is showing playfulness and often an idiosyncratic childlike quality.
 
The exhibition is complemented by two workhops.

The exhibition presents work by Jenny Ayrton, Kim Bagley, Beatrix Baker, Ed Boxall, Jennifer Collier, BLOTT WORKS, Sally Nencini, Judith Needham, TheBigForest, Resurface Designs.
New Ashgate Gallery
New Ashgate Gallery

Ed Boxall, BLOTT WORKS

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New Ashgate Gallery

Beatrix Baker, Sally Nencini, Resurface Designs.

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New Ashgate Gallery

Jennifer Collier

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New Ashgate Gallery

Kim Bagley

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New Ashgate Gallery

Overview, Basket by Judith Needham,

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New Ashgate Gallery

Family Activity

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New Ashgate Gallery

Wet Felt Workshop by Sonia Percival

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New Ashgate Gallery

Printing Workshop by Ed Boxall

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