Artist talk: Freddie Robins at We are the Minories' Day of Commoning, Colchester - 3.00pm Saturday 26 November 2022

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3.00pm Saturday 26 November 2022
Artist Talk: Freddie Robins
A talk by We Are Commoners artist and Colchester’s Blackwater Polytechnic collective member, Freddie Robins. The talk is free but please book using link below. A BSL interpreter will be available.
Book here

We are the Minories Pop-Up Gallery, 18 Long Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LJ

The talk is part of a day of commoning through craft, which accompanies the current exhibition, We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning. Share resources, ideas and learning; find creative ways to build local meaningful connections through art and crafts, and explore the reclaiming of local spaces to help our community thrive. A mix of online and in person activities including workshops, exhibition tours and talks.

Full details of all bookable events are here

The exhibition, We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning, shows how shared processes, skills and values associated with creative making contribute to thriving commons neighbourhoods. This thought-provoking Craftspace national touring exhibition which highlights ‘acts of commoning’ comes to the We are the Minories’ pop-up gallery in Colchester on the final leg of its UK tour. Featuring both UK based and international artists, the exhibition reflects a commons-based shift in thinking from ‘you’re on your own’ to ‘we’re in this together.’

We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning
Open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Free exhibition
Exhibition runs 10 October – 3 December 2022

wearetheminories.org
craftspace.co.uk

19 November 2022

Mending, Meaning & Friendship - In conversation with artist Celia Pym

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The conversation celebrated the launch of Celia’s new book On Mending: Stories of Damage and Repair (Quickthorn, 2022), which features the repair of Freddie’s Family Rug.

Watch the film of Freddie and Celia in conversation, held at Loop, 15 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA on Saturday 29 October 2022.

Video by filmmaker Richard Jung.

18 November 2022

Creature Comforts, JGM Gallery, Battersea, London, SW11, 9 November 2022 - 21 January 2023

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JGM Gallery presents Creature Comforts, a group show of 14 artists working with a variety of textile mediums.

“Textile art struggles to shake off its associations with sentimentality, domesticity and femininity. These cosy connotations, however, allow artists to direct their audience toward unexpected conceptual territory. Creature Comforts presents works by artists who subvert the assumptions about textiles, imbuing their work with strangeness, energy and intensity. The works are made using a variety of techniques, from tapestry weaving to knitting and soft sculpture, amongst others. They touch on themes of the domestic and reinterpret the traditionof this time-consuming craft. What results from this subversive approach is surreal imagery. luscious landscapes and decidedly strange creatures”.

Creature Comforts includes work by Alice Kettle, Andia Newton, Elina Flyrin, Freddie Robins, Hamish Halley, Heidi Pearce, Karolina Dworska, Lara Salous, Liza Dickson, Lola Pedersen, Martin Maloney, Molly Kent, Sebastian Sochan and Woo Jin Joo.

JGM Gallery
24 Howie Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AY
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11-6pm

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JGM Gallery | Discourse: Freddie Robins – watch JGM Gallery’s Karolina Dworska in conversation with Freddie Robins
(Film + photography credit: Julius Killerby/JGM Gallery)

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23 October 2022

We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning, We are the Minories, Colchester, 10 October - 3 December 2022

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

We are the Minories
18 Long Wyre Street
Colchester, CO1 1LJ
Open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Free exhibition
Exhibition runs 10 October – 3 December 2022

We are Commoners is an exhibition which shows how shared processes, skills and values associated with creative making contribute to thriving commons neighbourhoods.

“The commons means: Things we share/ Places we share/ Systems we share/ Ideas we share/ Culture we share” Peter Barnes, On the Commons co-founder

This thought-provoking exhibition which highlights ‘acts of commoning’ is coming to We are the Minories in Colchester on the final leg of its UK tour. These actions are shaping the way communities work together to share and steward commonly owned assets and resources. Through sixteen loans and new commissions artists will bring attention to the issues, contribute their thought leadership and participate in a call to action.

These artists provide a powerful commentary on what society stands to gain from acting to protect and reclaim our global commons. Featuring both UK based and international artists, the exhibition reflects a commons-based shift in thinking from ‘you’re on your own’ to ‘we’re in this together.’ It will investigate how creativity, making and materials can highlight how acts of commoning are creating thriving communities.

For more information about We are the Minories
For more information about Craftspace and We are Commoners

13 October 2022

The Jumper Chair for auction at SCP, London, 12 October, 6.00-9.00pm

The Jumper Chair for auction at SCP, London, 12 October, 6.00-9.00pm

Freddie Robins and Carl Clerkin’s Jumper Chair, along with all of the Beasley Brothers Repair Shop Collection, will be auctioned through SCP, London on Wednesday 12 October, 6.00 – 9.00pm

As part of the Eternally Yours exhibition, Somerset House commissioned Carl Clerkin to build a functioning repair shop in their gallery. SCP along with Very Good and Proper, Ercol, Pearson Lloyd, Jasper Morrison Studio, and John Tree Studio all donated components to the shop. Broken parts, excess stock, and waste material were sent to be repurposed. Carl Clerkin and a host of designer-makers set to work, breathing life into unwanted materials. An exhibition of all the outcomes will be displayed from 4 – 12 October, culminating with a live auction on the evening of 12 October.

Live Auction at SCP | 12 October 6.00-9.00pm
Register for your free ticket here

See all the lots and estimated prices here
Absentee bids can be made

SCP
135-139 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3BX
+44 (0)20 7739 1869

24 September 2022

Freddie Robins interviewed in ArteMorbida Textile Arts Magazine, Italy

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Freddie Robins is interviewed by Maria Rosaria Roseo in ArteMorbida Textile Arts Magazine. Text available in Italian and English

Read interview here

20 August 2022

The Jumper Chair collaboration with Carl Clerkin at Beasley Brothers Repair Shop, Eternally Yours - Care, Repair and Healing, Somerset House & Material Matters 2022

Freddie Robins has been ‘making’ at Beasley Brothers Repair Shop with the designer, Carl Clerkin. Beasley Brothers’ Repair Shop is Clerkin’s brainchild. It is modelled on traditional East End repair shops of old, that could and would repair anything. Clerkin is inviting other artists and designers to join him during the exhibition, working live to transform discarded objects to give them a new lease of life.

Clerkin has also selected photographs of his favourite artists’ and designers’ repairs. He has included Robins’ domestic repair Sofa damaged by cats, repaired by human through use of custom made tin badges.

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Eternally Yours – Care, Repair and Healing
Somerset House
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Exhibition runs until 25 September 2022

Robins and Clerkin’s chair will be exhibited as part of Beasley Brothers Repair Shop at Material Matters 2022, a new design fair that takes place during the London Design Festival from 22 – 25 September 2022.

Material Matters 2022, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH
For more information and opening hours

20 August 2022

We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning, The Gallery, Hull Central Library 23 July - 20 September 2022

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The Blackwater Polytechnic (Ben Coode-Adams, Freddie Robins, Sara Impey, Justin Knopp and Simon Emery – The Paintbox) are exhibiting the 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, Common Agency Projects (Shane Waltener & Laura Glaser), Lise Bjørne Linnert with Gelawesh Waledkhani, Rachael Colley, Alinah Azadeh, Hefin Jones and Kate Hodgson.

The Gallery, Hull Central Library
Albion Street
Hull
HU1 3TF
Hull Central Library

Exhibition runs from 23 July – 20 September 2022

For more information about Craftspace and We are Commoners

14 July 2022

Tatty Devine's Cabinet of Curiosities @ Alfies Antique Market, London NW8

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Freddie Robins adds to Tatty Devine’s Cabinet of Curiosities with Many, a wooden gravel used in The Essex Witch Trials of 1645.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is an exhibition curated by Tatty Devine to celebrate the launch of their new AW22 jewellery collection. The exhibition captures the sense of wonder and awe from Wonder Rooms of the past and includes contemporary artists alongside folk art, oddities and curios alongside the new jewellery collection.

See the work at Alfies Antique Market,13 – 25 Church St, London NW8 8DT between 25th August and 17th September 2022.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

For more information about Alfies Antique Market
For more information about Tatty Devine

14 July 2022

Wooly Thinking - Freddie Robins in conversation with Grant Gibson during Artefact 2022, 11.00am Saturday 14th May

Freddie Robins will be in conversation with Grant Gibson, design writer and editor, as part of the Conversations in Craft programme at Artefact, the Contemporary Craft Fair.

11.00am
Saturday 14th May 2022
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour,
Lots Road, London SW10 0XE

‘The common perception of knitting is that it’s a gentle, mindful activity. A thing you can do quietly in front of the television to relax after a hard day. Freddie Robins’ work is the antithesis of all that. It’s frequently dark, often witty, and always provocative, challenging the perceived hierarchy of art and craft.’

Tickets £10.00, with price donated to DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

For more information about the Conversations in Craft programme, Artefact, the Contemporary Craft Fair and to book tickets

06 May 2022

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