PAIRINGS II –
conversations & collaborations
Pairings II - conversations and collaborations is a simple thought; to celebrate uniqueness and togetherness. The intention is to celebrate making and makers and engage with another to learn and understand more.
This exhibition brought together pairs of makers to discuss and share the experience of making. Collaboration raises questions about ownership, it tests recognised working methods and negotiates how voices resonate and sing together.
The exhibition that opened at the Museum in the Park on 28th April 2012 was the culmination of commissioned work from over 20 makers and designers. Makers and designers who came together in partnership or in threesomes. Each participant had a distinct and established area of their own practice which they shared with another maker in order to have an experience of a different material, a new process and an exchange of ideas. The exhibition showed the evidence of these playful duets and trios and conversations between makers, where materials have been questioned or different approaches are placed together in reflection or contradiction.
Work from Alice Kettle, Jane Webb, David Gates, Claire Curneen, Sharon Blakey, Ismini Samanidou, Rachel Kelly, Jilly Morris, Jane McKeating, Dawn Mason, Nigel Hurlstone, Janet Haigh, Vanessa Cutler, Helen Felcey, Kate Egan, Annie Shaw, Shelly Goldsmith.
Wood meets metal; metal meets stitch.
An open submission video selection was also held online to accompany the Pairings II season.
Watch the selected films online here