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Artquest, a London-based visual arts and crafts advice and information agency, have organised Ex Machina, a conference on the use of contemporary mass production techniques as used by practitioners to create low volume or one-off pieces.  The conference takes place on Tuesday 24 February at RIBA in London, and full information can be found on the Artquest website.

We hope that you have enjoyed our Summer Season of Discussion and we have a few more contributions to post before the end of October. Over 1200 people have been visiting these pages – an average of 15 a day and to date our blog has had over 9000 visits. Many thanks to all those that have put forward proposals for the Slow exhibition. We will be reviewing and selecting for the exhibition in early January.

Although Andy and I haven’t contributed to the blog recently we have been extremely busy behind the scenes. One of our main activities has been developing the tour schedule for the exhibition and we can confirm that we have almost completed this. We will be announcing the launch venue shortly but in the meantime can announce that the exhibition tour will include the Shipley Art Gallery, The Hub, The Platform Gallery, The Harley Gallery, The University of Hertfordshire Galleries and Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with Plymouth College of Art and Design. We are also in discussion with a handful of other venues. It has been an exciting time visiting venues and discussing possibilities. We will be collaborating with each venue on how the exhibition extends into a programme that can offer broader local opportunities, events, performances and potentially commissions.

We have also been working a major funding application to Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts for some of the exhibition and tour costs which have now been awarded.

We are also pleased to announce that we are working with artist Russell Martin who has developed the project ‘Analogue’ which began in December 2008 and will run through to the start of the exhibition.

“Analogue seeks to enliven and initiate themes within the Taking Time Craftspace exhibition and to inform online and live audiences of the themes and processes the exhibition concerns itself with. It will do this by provoking, recording and publishing audio and written dialogue between crafts practitioners and professionals from other fields on the Making a Slow Revolution blog”

Full details of this project are in the Analogue section of this blog.

Finally and sadly I have to announce the departure of my co-curator Andy Horn who has taken up a new post as Exhibition Manager at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Congratulations on this exciting move Andy and thank you for your hard work, support and exceptional talent. Andy will continue to work at Craftspace on the project until mid November for a day a week. Craftspace will have a new exhibitions organiser in place in the new year who I will work with and in the meantime I will continue developing and organising the plans for Slow with the Craftspace team.

I will be trying to update the blog a little more regularly now and so look out for updates.

Bye for now..
Helen

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