Government Art Collection - Art X-UK acquisition


Freddie Robins work I has been purchased for the Government Art Collection through Art X-UK Acquisitions.

“Over the past year, the Government Art Collection has collaborated with contemporary art networks to collect new works by 45 visual artists from across the UK, celebrating and supporting the diversity of creativity across the Union.

In this difficult and unusual year, the Collection invited the networks for nine regions in England, and the networks in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, to nominate artists as part of a special project, Art X-UK. Our collection curators went on a virtual tour of artists’ studios from Penwith to Ballygally, to select works for the Collection to display in government buildings worldwide. Art X-UK, supported by the Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection, was a unique way of responding to the impact of COVID-19 on the visual arts sector.

This project has enabled the Collection to support 45 artists, acquiring over 90 works, and spending £230,000 across the UK. As part of the nomination process, we asked each network to form a group and put forward the artists’ names, providing a statement on their selection process for transparency, including a list of the selectors. Asked to consider diverse representation of artists within each region, 24 of the artists are women, 2 identify as non-binary, 20 as minority ethnic, 6 as LGBTQ+, and 4 with disclosed disability.” For more information about the Government Art Collection

31 May 2021

We are Commoners, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales 26 March - 26 June 2021


The Blackwater Polytechnic (Ben Coode-Adams, Freddie Robins, Sara Impey, Justin Knopp and Simon Emery – The Paintbox) are exhibiting a new collaborative work, Tree, in the Craftspace national touring exhibition We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning.

The exhibition highlights acts of ‘commoning’ that are shaping the way communities are working together to share and steward commonly owned assets and resources. It also investigates craft as a form of commons through knowledge, materials, practice and heritage.

The exhibition also includes new work by artists: Amy Twigger Holroyd, Deirdre Nelson, Hefin Jones, Linda Brothwell, Jacky Oliver, Shane Waltener, Lise Bjørne Linnert with Gelawesh Waledkhani, Rachael Colley, Alinah Azadeh and Kate Hodgson.

Exhibition launches at:
Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown,
Powys, Wales
SY16 2NZ

Exhibition runs from 24 March – 26 June 2021.
Open Tuesday – Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm.
For more information about the exhibition at Oriel Davies Gallery

The exhibition then tours the UK until September 2022.
For more information about Craftspace national tour of We are Commoners
Crafting the Commons project blog

19 March 2021

Needle, Laura Grace Simpkins, Decorating Dissidence

screenshot Craft Kills

Laura Grace Simpkins writes a personal essay centred on Freddie Robins’ work Craft Kills (2002) for Decorating Dissidence, issue 13 Wearable Art.

Decorating Dissidence is an interdisciplinary project exploring the political, aesthetic & conceptual qualities of craft from modernism to the contemporary.

Read essay

08 February 2021

Art at Home


A selection of work by Freddie Robins is now available through Art at Home.

Art at Home presents a curated choice of affordable artworks for your home, available to buy online. Devised by Kath Wood (Kath & Company) and inspired by her lifelong passion to connect artists to new audiences, Art at Home is the culmination of more than 30 years of working with artists, galleries and museums across the UK.

Visit site here
For more information about Kath Wood and Kath & Company
instagram @kathandcompany

22 December 2020

Kette und Schuss, CC binder, Forum 9, Puurs, Belgium 25 October - 13 December 2020


Exhibition featuring the work of – Achim Kobe – Alexander Marinus – Annie Wintein – Caroline Achaintre – Christophe Coppens – Delphine Desguilage – Dialogist Kantor – Franz West – Freddie Robins – Gommaar Gilliams – Hilde Overbergh – Ilse Van Roy – Kinoshita Suchan – Madeleine Wermenbol – Mirre Yayla Seur – Sofie Haesaerts – Victor Alimpiev – Marian Zhunin
Kette und Schuss storytellers, Luisa Soipi and Pablo Hannon

Kette und Schuss curators, Hilde Overbergh and Ilse Van Roy

CC binder, Forum 9, 2870 Puurs-Sint-Amands, Belgium
25 October – 13 December 2020

Opening event 25 October 15.00-19.00pm
Closing event 13 December 15.00-19.00pm

Open everyday from 11.00am-18.00pm
Entrance Free

For more information
360° virtual tour of exhibition

09 October 2020

Stour Surrounding: Artists and the Valley


‘Stour Surrounding – Artists and the Valley’ is a documentary film that takes a look at artists both past and present who have responded to the landscape of the Stour Valley. In the film we hear how this special landscape – of John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, Cedric Morris and Alfred Munnings – continues to shape and speak to the work of contemporary artists today. Moving between studio interviews and beautiful footage across the valley we hear from painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling who speaks of ‘absorbing’ the landscape, and from Simon Carter, and May Cornet who talk expressively about how they respond to the Stour Valley and landscape in their own individual ways.

Other artists featured are Michael Carlo, Chris Dobrowolski, Freddie Robins, Alex Robbins, Charlotte Verity and Andrew Vass.

The film has been produced by artist and gardener Jevan Watkins Jones with Offshoot Films. It was commissioned by the ‘Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors’ project, which is hosted by the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and is funded by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Watch film on youtube

Read Stour Surrounding – Artists and the Valley Booklet

01 October 2020

Maternal Art Magazine


Freddie Robins’s Knitted Homes of Crime feature in the new publication Maternal Art Magazine: Issue 1 “Stay at Home”
MAM is a new art magazine focusing on artists from around the world producing work about the maternal. The first issue, Stay At Home is a response by 24 artists to their experiences of working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The magazine aims to support artists through this challenging time as well as raising money for Women’s Aid. Stay At Home has been edited by Helen Sargeant, an artist and academic based in Todmorden, Yorkshire, UK.

Read press release
Buy digital edition of Maternal Art Magazine

Instagram: @maternalart

21 July 2020

Textile Curator

Freddie Robins is interviewed for Textile Curator. Founded by Helen Adams, Textile Curator showcases fine art textiles, ‘waking up the world to contemporary textile art’.

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Follow on instagram @textilecurator

16 June 2020

The Crafts Council ask six leading makers how they are getting through lockdown

Isolation inspiration for reading, working and simply passing the time from Junko Mori (metalworker), Julian Stair (potter), Adam Nathaniel Furman (artist and designer), Freddie Robins (textile artist), Simone ten Hompel (metalworker) and Akiko Hirai (ceramicist).

Read here

23 May 2020

Material Matters with Grant Gibson


“The brilliant Freddie Robins talks to Grant Gibson about her love of knitting and making art that’s ‘difficult, demanding and awkward’.”

Listen to podcast

13 May 2020

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