Naked Craft at the Swanson Gallery

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  • Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 00:00 to Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 00:00

Monday - Wednesday, 1pm - 5pm

Friday, 1pm - 8pm

Saturday, 10am - 1pm

Thursday and Sunday, closed

Naked Craft is a touring exhibition of the work of 22 contemporary makers from Scotland and Canada.

The Swanson Gallery, Thurso is the first venue of the Scottish tour of the exhibition, which has already been seen in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

The show has been organised by the Naked Craft Network, an international, AHRC-funded collective of researchers, writers, curators and industry partners exploring the key role that craft plays in the cultural and creative industries.

Its Scottish tour is curated by Laura Hamilton and is generously supported by Creative Scotland Lottery Funding and the University of Edinburgh.

ECA and Naked Craft

The Naked Craft Network is led by Dr Juliette MacDonald, Head of the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and Principal Investigator.

Arno Verhoeven, a lecturer in Product Design and Design Informatics, is a Co-investigator.

Three ECA graduates feature in the exhibition:

Martin Campbell (Product Design - BA Hons, 2011), who grew up on the Hebridean island of Beinn nam Fadhla (Benbecula) and now runs the Rag and Bone Workshop in Glasgow. 

Jennifer Cantwell (Drawing and Painting - BA, 1992), who founded the Moray-based company, Sporran Nation, in 2005.

Beth Legg (Design & Applied Arts - BA Hons, 2003, Jewellery - MDes, 2005, PhD in Design, 2012), who works as a jeweller from her studio on the Fife coast.

Tour dates

The five venues and dates in the Naked Craft tour of Scotland are:

  • The Swanson Gallery, Thurso (7th May - 18th June 2016)
  • The Iona Gallery, Kingussie (25th June - 23rd July 2016)
  • The Barony Centre, West Kilbride (13th August - 24th October 2016)
  • Tweeddale Museum & Art Gallery, Peebles (29th Oct '16 - 4th March 2017)
  • The Gallery, An Lanntair, Stornoway (April - May 2017)