For our latest 10th Anniversary event , we’ve teamed up with Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth to put on an exciting exhibition featuring the work of Making Space Associate Makers whilst celebrating 10 years of excellence in craft. Over the last 10 years we have collaborated with and supported a whole host of artists, designers and makers working in an inspiringly diverse range of media and styles.
Some have rented studio space with us, many have taught creative workshops as part of our exciting programme, or have worked on outreach based projects with people of all ages. What all these amazing makers have in common is their passion for the creative arts, their love of making, their inclusion in our wider Making Space family and their ability to inspire others.
-Piece by Stella Harding.
Those that become Making Space Associate Makers benefit from developmental support, networking and exhibiting opportunities. Kate Reid is one such maker and is a great example of how her involvement with 2 local creative organisations has furthered her creative career for the better. After graduating from Arts University Bournemouth Kate volunteered at Aspex and found out about Making Space. She then went on to successfully apply for a funded studio and the financial and professional support offered, along with a dedicated creative space of her own, enabled Kate to kick-start her business Kroma.
As her confidence and business grew Kate began teaching workshops at Making Space and Aspex, and continued to exhibit and sell her work through an increasingly selective range of opportunities and venues. Kate’s connections with Making Space have continued beyond her studio tenancy and she is part of the ’10 Years of Excellence in Craft’ exhibition showing screen-printed clothing and a selection of limited edition prints in the shop at Aspex.
Top Piece – Sarah Macrae
Bottom Piece (and featured image at the top of the page) – Syann Van Niftrik
The inspirational exhibition at Aspex Gallery, which runs until 3 December, brings together ten of Making Space’s associate makers, including Kate Reid, and showcases a diverse range of work for all to see… Visitors can marvel at work made by Alex Archbold, Syann Van-Niftrik, Kathryn Green, Peter Levy, Liz Hodgson, Sarah Macrae, Ami Hyde, Sue Paraskeva & Stella Harding. The show features glass, jewellery, basketry, sculpture, ceramics & print. If you’d like to visit the exhibition; Aspex Gallery is open 11am-4pm from Wednesday-Sunday and admission is free.
Top Piece – Sarah Macrae
Bottom Piece – Liz Hodgson
On the 28 October two of the featured makers, Kate Reid and Syann Van Niftik are also teaching workshops at Making Space. A family workshop making screen-printed T-Shirts and an Adult Saturday class making silver bangles. Both can be booked online by clicking on the links.
If you’re feeling inspired by the exhibition and would like to have a go yourself, in addition to the two workshops mentioned above, a further 3 of the featured makers are also leading workshops at Making Space in the next few months. You can view Making Space’s varied and exciting programme online at https://makingspace.org/courses/
Top Piece – Sue Paraskava
Middle Pieces – Peter Levy
Bottom Pieces – Kathryn Green.