meeting the Crafts Council and visiting Richard Long exhibition

Yesterday was another London trip to meet with Rosy Greenlees and Amanda Jones, executive director and director of external relations of the Crafts Council. The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK their funding comes through the arts council and in their programs they tend to promote work which is innovative rather than traditional.

In their advocacy role they have a wider remit and are very supportive of the work of the Heritage Crafts Association and we hope that there will be opportunities for collaboration in the future. We shall be meeting again next week at the House of Lords for the launch of the craft blueprint which has been produced following an extensive period of research and consultation to determine the actions required to support both contemporary and heritage craft skills in the future.

After the meeting I went to Tate Britain to see a new exhibition by land artist Richard Long. Most people know Andy Goldsworthy’s work, less folk know Long though he has been doing these things since the 1960s. It was a very good exhibition which I would recommend though at £9 a ticket it makes you realise how lucky we are now to have the rest of the galleries and museums open for free.

2 Responses to meeting the Crafts Council and visiting Richard Long exhibition

  1. R Francis June 5, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    The Long exhibition is at the Tate Britain; it has not been part of the National Gallery since 1954.Exhibitions are very expensive to mount, hence the charge to see them.Richard Long is an important artist, whose work since the 1960s has put him in the company of Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre. He redefined the relationship between art and landscape.Andy Goldsworthy is not an artist, but a populist sentimental plagiarist of these ideas. Calling him an artist is like saying that Jeffrey Archer is an important serious novelist.It is a matter of intention and of taking serious ideas and finding ways toshow them with elegance and intelligence.

  2. Robin Wood June 5, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    Indeed, my mistake, original post now edited to Tate Britain.I don't call Goldsworthy an artist, I don't know if he calls himself that. I guess the fact that he does the pretty sculptural work without ascribing any great meaning to it is why he achieves the wide popularity.Long won the Turner prize and has this major exhibition in the Tate, Goldsworthy sells lots of books and inspires lots of ordinary people to look at the art in nature. I guess that is as you say popularising Long's ideas. I think there is room for both in the world.