28 September - 7 November

 

As part of the residency at Spacex I set up Preston Street Union - an affiliation of artists from in and around Exeter that will came together over a five week period to explore collaboration as a strategy for artists making things and making things happen. 

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mac birmingham

Foyle Studio

 

7 April, 7.30

tickets £7 / £5.50

 

Five women spin yarns of their lives and how they grew up with knitting. Performed as a series of interweaving monologues, each story is life affirming, telling of survival against the odds to achieve a dream.

 

Trevor Pitt’s first play draws on his 10 years working with knitters, spinners and sheep farmers from across the country. Using recordings he made with the remarkable women he met along the way, Yarning tells five women’s life stories whose ages span from 30 to 70.

 

Ashley turns from scientist to professional knitter, specialising in jumpers for XXXXL men. At the age of 6 Greta went to live at the Doctor’s house with her Aunty who was an amazing knitter. Betty moved her family from Manchester to Cumbria to become a sheep farmer. Gloria was born in Scarborough Workhouse and raised by relatives on the Colliery Rows, where everyone knitted.  Marion’s house is full to the rafters with wool and crafting paraphernalia and she loves it. Yarning will be performed in the round on knitted benches and you are encouraged to bring along your knitting!

 

Music: Michael Tanner and Alison Cotton


YARNING


TREVA will be performing as part of:

I am the Live Warrior

Fri 11 Dec

Bramhall Music Building

Birmingham University

Info & Book

 

Juneau Projects will use digital apps on phones, 3D printers, chalk and other drawing materials, to create materials for a growing exhibition of live drawings alongside live music by Juneau Brothers, Boy With Wings, Swoomptheeng & TREVA

 




Continuing the collaborations with mac Birmingham in 2011 & 2013, this year I’ve set up an art school which takes an experimental approach to learning and making art, influenced by ground-breaking art schools such as Black Mountain College, USA and the more current artist-led and DIY art school initiatives.

 

I’m working with Juneau Projects and Keith Dodds again who collaborated on Anticurate and The Open Project. It is championed by acclaimed cultural broker Peter Jenkinson OBE as our Pop Up Chancellor and lectures will be led by artists and curators, including Cornelia Parker, Gavin Wade and Kathrin Bohm.

 

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Cannon Hill Art School


Nowhere Bar

(1st Floor, St Davids House, 18-20 Wood Street)

Fri 24 Oct 9pm - late

 

As part of Cardiff Contemporary S Mark Gubb & Gordon Dalton's 'Nowhere Bar' briefly provides Cardiff with a rock-up dive bar, a place somewhere in time where anything and nothing but a good time happens. 

 

TREVA will perform on the opening night.

 

www.cardiffcontemporary.co.uk

 

 


TREVA at Nowhere Bar


Intent on becoming a teenage pop star I wrote songs in my bedroom during the 1970s which I recorded onto tape cassettes.

 

During an artist residency at Vivid Projects In 2012 I unearthed these forgotten cassettes and set about re-scoring a selection of the songs.

 

Through a series of studio sessions with musicians from Birmingham I recorded 'This Is Your Tomorrow' - an EP of four pop songs that tell the tale of alienation, sartorial glamour and teenage exile on a council estate.

 

EP on C-15 tape cassette: Signed edition of 100

 

TREVA NEWS! Treva will be peforming at The Northern Stage as part of 'Top of the Popera' on 4 July 2015.

 


DOWNLOAD FROM iTunes

www.q-pop.co.uk


This Is Your Tomorrow


Fierce Festival Hub

Fri 10 Oct, 10pm

 

Trevor Pitt will perform songs that he wrote in his bedroom during the 1970s. The songs were recorded onto tape cassettes and a selection have been re-scored to form an EP that tells the tale of boredom, glamour and teenage exile from a Birmingham council estate.

 

Projections by Sellotape Cinema

Backing singers Ms Wes & GBird

 

Fierce Festival

 


TREVA, Fierce Festival: This Is Your Tomorrow


A series of projects curated for A3 Project Space. Commissioned artists include: Rich White, Ali Reed, Clare Thornton, Rob Hewitt, Roger Clarke, Sellotape Cinema, Mark Gubb & Gordon Dalton, Marlene Smith, Mahtab Hussain, Jo Roberts and Cathy Wade & Keith Dodds,

 

www.a3projectspace.org


You Are Here


Saturday 26 July, 12pm - 6pm

Edible Eastside, Digbeth

 

Established by artist Bill Pollard in 2006, BBB is all about Bicycles, Creativity & Good Cheer.

 

Our line-up of Brilliant Basketeers:

 

David Swan

Pete Ashton & Jenny Duffin, 

Esme Bayliss, 

Francine Shokker 

Beth White 

Cathy Wade & Kevin Ryan 

Diane Wiltshire

 

If you would you like to take part in Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Warwick Bar Summer Fete email trevor@podprojects.org

 

Full info about the event as part of Warwick Bar Summer Fete

www.warwickbar.co.uk

 

Thanks to Sprocket Cycles for their support

 


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Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Warwick Bar Summer Fete


Saturday 9 August, 12pm - 5pm

Back to Backs and Inge Street 

 

POD Projects and Eye Candy bring together an incredible line up of the artists and makers that reflect the best in the region as part of 'Summer in Southside’ event organised by the Birmingham Hippodrome.

 

This BBB will take place in spaces surrounding the Hippodrome theatre on Inge Street and the courtyard of the National Trust’s ‘Back to Backs. 

 

www.summerinsouthside.com


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Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Summer in Southside


Le Truc

Saturday 2 November 12pm - 5pm  

 

 A unique array of artists, illustrators and designers who will transform each of their bikes into an emporium of delights – kind of like an art fair meets car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment.


The bazaar will take place in the convivial and lively atmosphere of the wonderful Le Truc where you can hang out with the artists and your get your hands on affordable original artworks and editions from this stellar line up: Jane Anderson, Stewart Easton, Meeno, Husky Organic, Ben Javens, LumberJackJoe, Mini Moderns, Dawn Painter, Keep and Share, Abject Records, Claire Scully, Lizz Lunney and Simon Peplow.

Est. 2006 by artist Bill Pollard, BBB is all about Bicycles, Creativity and Good Cheer.


Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Eye Candy Festival


THE OPEN PROJECT is mac birmingham’s innovative reworking of the ‘open’ exhibition format. Testing the conventions and authority of the visual art space, THE OPEN PROJECT has been devised in association with artist Trevor Pitt as a platform to explore democratic and collective approaches to exhibition curating.  

 

In a series of four exhibitions selected by Young Curators as part of the Next Generation programme, alternative perspectives are offered to that of the institutionalised art curator - the authorrial decision maker, gatekeeper and trend setter.  With an aim to support the professional development of emerging arts professionals,

 

THE OPEN PROJECT also presents the region’s artists with increased opportunities to be selected for exhibition. All eligible artworks submitted to the project are considered for each of the exhibitions in addition to a guaranteed place in the closing Salon exhibition, between 22 August and 8 September 2013. 


The Open Project


Trevor Pitt performs
This Is Your Tomorrow

Vivid Projects

Monday 10 June 2013

Doors open 8pm

For the final act in the Sleeve Notes project Trevor Pitt performs This Is Your Tomorrow at Vivid Projects on 10 June 2013, 9pm.

A selection of songs that he wrote in his bedroom during his teens and recorded onto a series of tape cassesttes have been re-scored and during a series of recording sessions four of the songs have been reinterpreted, scored and recorded to form an EP that will performed for the first time at Vivid Projects.


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This Is Your Tomorrow


In October 2012 I began a road trip across the UK to document personal histories of crafting with yarn.

The recorded conversations will form the basis of a play I am writing as part of a season curated by Craftspace in 2015 that explores craft through its history and story located in everyday lives.

 


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Yarning Road Trip


In homage to this sometimes itinerant and ferociously creative structure, Vivid Projects has commissioned artist/curator Trevor Pitt to excavate untold stories first hand, spinning a bricolage of memories from the spirited and anarchic early days at Tower Street. These audio gems will form the basis of 3-day exhibition at Vivid Projects from Thu 28 – Sat 30 March. 

VIVID Projects
28 - 30 March 2013, 12 - 5PM 


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Birmingham Arts Lab Sessions


As part of Cylclomania at Flatpack Fesival The Ministry of Cycles and Pod Projects present a unique array of retailers, all cramming their wares into bike-baskets and pannier-racks. Kind of like a car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment.

The Custard Factory
Sat 30th March 2013
11:00 - 16:00 


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Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Flatpack Festival


Friday 27 July 2012

Trevor Pitt took over the Edible Eastside Café for the day serving tapas made from produce of the Edible Eastside garden and local markets plus typical Spanish drinks 

 


La Cantina Espaņola


Tuesday 17th July 2012

 

ALLOTMENT is an innovative curatorial programme that has been running in mac birmingham’s Arena Gallery since January 2012. For one night only, each of the ALLOTMENT curators will be ‘in conversation’ with artist Trevor Pitt. Trevor will be speaking to each plot individually, highlighting their processes and thoughts behind their allotment plots.

 


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In Conversation with plot holders


April - September 2012

Birmingham artist, Mahtab Hussain, has spent three years photographing his own community, exploring the important relationship between identity and masculinity. His portraits reveal men who consider and present themselves as both Pakistani men, but whose lives have existed wholly in the UK.
The images chosen for this exhibition provide an introduction to Mahtab Hussain's practice and the responses from these works will help inform a new collection to be displayed in 2013/14

Trevor Pitt mentored Mahtab Hussain to develop and present his Building Desires project at mac birmingham April - June 2012 which provided an introduction to his practice and supports the generation of a new body of work for the project.

 

http://www.mahtabhussain.com/


Building Desires


GENE GEORGE EARLE

TREVOR PITT

NIKKI PUGH

ADAM SMYTHE


ARTicle gallery
The School of Art, Birmingham
26th April – 11th May 2012

Launch: 6 – 8 pm Wednesday 25th April 


And Miles to Go Before I Sleep... is a presentation of four distinct artistic practices.  The title is taken from the poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by the American writer Robert Frost. The poetic line acts as a metaphor for the durational endeavour and journey inherent in artistic production. This exhibition presents a pause or moment in that journey and shows us not necessarily completed or finished work, but a transitory phase in the generation and exploration of ideas at a given time.


The artists shown are currently participating in the Artists Access 2 Art Colleges scheme at The School of Art, Birmingham. 


ARTicle
 is a new public gallery and project space, sited within the School of Art, Birmingham City University. The space is directed by Mona Casey, artist-curator, in conjunction with the MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice course at Birmingham City University.

 

ARTicle gallery, School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX Open: Monday – Friday 10 – 6pm


 

Contact – mona.casey@bcu.ac.uk/ www.articlegallery.org


And Miles To Go Before I Sleep ...


SUN 8 APR | 5PM

Fierce Festival Hub, VIVID

TICKETS £5 cash on the door 

 

Trevor Pitt has locally sourced a cornucopia of talent for what promises to be an extraordinary Fierce Festival closing party - a feast of eccentric and traditional English food, ale and entertainment

Special guest performances from: 
Wayfarers Folk Dance Club, 
Border Brethren Morris, 
Coventry Mummers 
Pendulum Burdock

Morris dancing, folk music, readings and a Mummers play will provide a remarkable spectacle as you feast on hand-made fayre. 

Easter-themed handicrafts including egg painting and bonnet making and you can capture the day in Joey Vivo and Roseanna Velin’s Feaster Fotostudio.

 

IMAGE RIGHT: Artwork by Stewart Easton


Feaster


mac birmingham
Tues 17 January, 7.30pm
FREE - booking essential
Sales & Info: 0121 446 3232

Trevor Pitt hosts an evening of lively conversation with men who have taken to needle and thread as their chosen means of expression.


David Littler (sampler-cultureclash), Jamie Chalmers (AKA Mr X Stitch), Stewart Easton (Four Tragic Tales) and TWIGGY (Birmingham) will talk about their artistic and conceptual approaches to the creative use of stitch.

FREE but booking is essential. 
For tickets call Sales & Information 0121 446 3232
http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/in-conversation-with-boys-who-sew

 


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In Conversation with Boys Who Sew


Curated by Trevor Pitt
The Gallery@Rheged
Penrith
14 January - 15 April 2012

 

In January 2012 Gallery@Rheged will present WOW, an ambitious exhibition of work by internationally renowned British contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by the ‘Wonder of Wool’. The gallery is situated in the heart of the Lake District and the Borders, where its wealth of natural resources and the ancient knowledge of how to work them, has inspired artists and writers. 

 

IMAGE RIGHT: Craft Kills, Freddie Robins

 


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WOW


STUART EASTON
curated by Trevor Pitt
mac birmingham
Sat 10 Dec – Sun 15 Apr 2012

 

Four Tragic Tales is the first solo show by Stewart Easton. The exhibition articulates Easton's developing exploration into folk song and story of pre-war Europe and the Frontier struggles of the firstsettlers of America presented as a journey in the form of four large scale narratives.


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Four Tragic Tales


VIVID, Birmingham
Sat 12 Nov 9pm - 2am

 

Bent on vamping the tired club night formula, BANG! BANG! is the final in a trilogy of explosive art-parties-cum-club-nights curated by Trevor Pitt and played out at VIVID. 

DJ sets by: mini moderns // Brian Duffy (Modified Toy Orchestra) // Mazzy (Chicks Dig Jerks) // THIS IS TMRW

Tickets are £5

VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Birmingham | B9 4AR

 


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BANG!BANG!


AXIS.WEB

27 July 2011 

What does the word 'curate' mean to you?

Trevor Pitt was invited to write The Rant by Axis Webzine Editor, Lucy Bannister. Join in the online discussion about people's personal take on what curating means to them

 

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mac Birmingham

1 Aug - 11 September 2011

 

In association with mac birmingham, Trevor Pitt has devised the anticurate project as a challenge to the authorial figure of the curator. Imagined as a version of an open exhibition the project will unfold over six exhibitions in which democratic and collective approaches to exhibition curating will test conventions of the visual art space.

 

If you are interested in either submitting work, taking part in selecting work as an anticurator or visiting the exhibitions go to mac birmingham website for full details of how to get involved.


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Anticurate


2009 - 2012

 

During a residency at VIVID, Birmingham during the summer of 2009, Trevor Pitt took a subjective journey through his formative years in Birmingham (1971- 1999), examining the spaces where popular culture fraternizes with the canonical world of art. 

 

More recently, at VIVID he hosted Cum Clubbing, an art party inspired by  the colourful club nights of Birmingham's underground scenes in the 1980s and GET BENT! an eccentric club night inspired by pop culture’s affection for gender-bending. .

 

The Sleeve Notes project will culminate at The Garage, VIVID, Birmingham on 12 November when he will host the final act of his club trilogy BANG! BANG! It's all over, where do we begin? feat The Bang Collective

 


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Sleeve Notes


The Knitting Salon is a flexible mobile environment that has been designed to be used in galleries and public spaces as an arena for sharing knitting skills and conversations.

As part of the project Trevor Pitt commissioned knitting groups from across the UK to make a bespoke Salon Bench that would become part of The Knitting Salon. So far, benches have been made in Birmingham, Bristol, Devon, London, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-Gateshead, Northampton and Talgarth.

 


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The Knitting Salon


1 APRIL 2011, 9PM - 2AM

VIVID, BIRMINGHAM

Tickets are £5 in advance and available from theticketsellers.co.uk


Hot off the high-heels of Cum Clubbing, Trevor Pitt curates the second in a trilogy of events at VIVID - ‘Get Bent!’ is an eccentric club night inspired by pop culture’s affection for gender-bending. 

 

DJ sets by:

Brian Duffy (Modified Toy Orchestra)
Chicks Dig Jerks
Greg Haines (Tropical Hotdog)
John Napier (Jugend Klub)

Prick Your Finger, London

 

 Live music by Greg Bird & Flamingo Flame        Sex it up Please! performance by New Macho    Pop-UP photo studio by Joey Vivo

PLUS......   The Garage King and Queen beauty pageant hosted by TWIGGY


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GET BENT!


NEST, BIRMINGHAM

20 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER 2010

For Nest eight Salon Benches that have been made by knitting groups from across the UK will be exhibited made by groups in Milton Keynes, Northampton, Devon, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Talgarth, and Newcastle-Gateshead. Using selected fleeces and uniquely spun yarns, each group has worked with an artist to personalise their benches by applying a variety knitting and felting techniques.


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A Flock of Benches


THE PUBLIC, WEST BROMWICH

6 OCTOBER - 7 NOVEMBER 2010

For The Public eight Salon Benches that have been made by knitting groups from across the UK will be exhibited on the ground floor. The benches will be accompanied by resource trolleys to create a salon atmosphere and offered to members of the public as an arena for sharing knitting skills and conversations.


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The Knitting Salon at The Public


VIVID, BIRMINGHAM

FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER | 9PM - LATE 

 

For one night only VIVID hosts an art party inspired by the colourful club nights of Birmingham's underground scenes in the 1980s. VIVID's project space will be taken over by live music, DJs and visual artists who'll conspire to create an excitingly strange evening of camp disco!

 

Presented as part of Sleeve Notesan ongoing project conceived during Trevor Pitt's residency at VIVID in 2009.


Tickets £5 | available from theticketsellers.


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CUM CLUBBING


THE SHIPLEY ART GALLERY, GATESHEAD

10 JULY - 7 NOVEMBER 2010

 

The Knitting Salon will be part The Shipley Art Gallery's Summer exhibition, Craftivism: Objects to Change the World. The project will be represented in the gallery by Salon Bench Newcastle- Gateshead and the making of Salon Bench The Shipley.


This exhibition combines historical and contemporary craft and craftivism  to reflect the different ways in which craft has been valued as a powerful force for social, political and personal change over the past 150 years. 


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The Knitting Salon at The Shipley


The Knitting Salon

Installation by Trevor Pitt  & Kate Pemberton

 

Artworks-mk, Milton Keynes

19 July to 21 August 2010

 

For Artworks-mk, Pitt and Pemberton recreate The Knitting Salon project as an intriguing installation that resembles a suburban hairdressers. Visitors can knit and chat on the 5 Salon Benches that have been knitted and felted by groups using locally sourced wool in Northampton, Devon, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Bristol.

 


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The Knitting Salon at Artworks mk


An Incidental Estate

Trevor Pitt and Carolyn Morton


In a parking bay on Colmore Row, Birmingham

14 June 2010 11am - 6.30pm

 

Plants, turf and mulch have been borrowed from the back gardens, council estates and parks across Birmingham for a day to create a suburban garden in the heart of the city.

 

An Incidental Estate was commissioned for Road Works curated by Rob Colbourne, Rob Hewitt & Alex Johnson. 


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An Incidental Estate


Salon Bench Newcastle-Gateshead, 2010

Joss Wrigg + local knitters, felters and spinners

 

Salon Bench Newcastle is being produced through a collaborative process led by Joss Wrigg with local knitters, felters and spinners.

 

The finished Salon Bench Newcastle-Gateshead will be exhibited at The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead as part of their Summer exhibition Craftivism; Objects to Change the World :10 July - 7 November 2010.


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Salon Bench Newcastle-Gateshead


Salon Bench London, 2010

Zarah Savage with Rachael Matthews, Louise Harries, Terry Patterson, Jaqueline Peterson, Julie Robinson, Ceilidh Chaplin, Janice Seivey, Carolyne and Sue. 

 

Prick Your Finger, London

 

Salon Bench London is being made through a collaborative process led by Rachel Matthews with local knitters.

 

The bench is being made using a 100% British Herdwick that has been genously donated by The Herdy Company for the project. 

www.herdy.co.uk


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Salon Bench London


Salon Bench Roving Devon, 2010

Carolyn Morton with Terri Bate, Mary R De Salis, Jill Morris, Cassian Bennett, Jenny Tunley-Price,  Mary Toon, Jae Burgin,  Jane Deane, Amanda Pellatt, Beryl Pitt, Jenny Tunley-Price, Cath Baynton, Hannah Parsons, Jacqueline Welby, Jill Morris, Kathryn Saunby and Jules Bryant 


Salon Bench Roving Devon was produced through a collaborative process led by Carolyn Morton as she travelled around Devon.


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Salon Bench Roving Devon


Salon Bench Northampton, 2010

 

 Abi Jackson with Janet Jackson, Gloria Marriott, Barbara Hughes, Petrina O'Neill, Janet Jackson, Su Jackson, Connie Butler, Barbara Isaac, Katie Ingram, Jane Roberts and Sue Watson + The Guild of Longdrawer Spinners 

 

Stitch & Make Studio, Northampton, UK

 

Salon Bench Northampton is being produced through a collaborative process led by Abi Jackson at her Stitch and Make Studio in Northampton with local knitters and spinners.


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Salon Bench Northampton


Salon Bench Birmingham, 2010

Trevor Pitt with Sara Fowles, Sue Fallon, Eleanor Chalkney, Jen Mercer, John Mercer, Beatrice Ashford, Margaret, Sharon Baker, Doreen Baker, Inge Riley, Munazza Quadir, Clare Atfield, Clare Savage, Alice Bazen, Anee-Marie Porter, Ruth Watts, Christina Watts, Kathryn Teece, Charlie McAllister and Beryl Pitt.


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Salon Bench Birmingham


Salon Bench Talgarth

Ann Rowson + Talgarth knitters

 

Salon Bench Talgarth is being produced through a collaborative process led by Ann Rowson with local knitters using Black Welsh Mountain wool.


Salon Bench Talgarth


Trevor Pitt is working with Deirdre Buckley at Craftspace to shape and develop a project that is aimed at diverse young people aged 16 -19 from inner city Birmingham (some of whom are not in education, employment and training) but who have some interest/ability in the arts. The project focuses on ideas of guerrilla craft, DIY Craft and Craftivism - with a view to developing a young people led craft collective which will then organise a series of interventions throughout the city. 

http://craftspacecollective.wordpress.com/

 


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Craftspace Collective


Sleeve Notes Go Viral, 

Vivid, Birmingham, UK

27 March - 27 April 2010

 

On Saturday 27th March we launched the next phase of the project at the We Are Eastside open weekend where digital meets analogue as artist Shelli Graham uncovered artefacts made in response to the Sleeve Notes sessions, 2009

 


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Sleeve Notes Go Viral


The Knitting Salon

Trevor Pitt + Kate Pemberton

 

Craftivism

Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

12 December 2009 - 14 February 2010

 

The Knitting Salon is a project by Trevor Pitt and Kate Pemberton that promotes the sharing of knitting skills via the use of a specially designed mobile salon that comprises of 8 Salon Benches that are being made by knitting groups throughout the UK.

 

(image by Gina Lundy)


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The Knitting Salon at Arnolfini, 2009


Salon Bench Knowle West, 2009

Trevor Pitt + Knowle West knitters + Pauline Hicks + Alison Haggas + Wooly Shepherd


Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK

 

Salon Bench Knowle West has been produced through a collaborative process led by Trevor Pitt and will be presented as part of The Knitting Salon project at Craftivsim, Anolfini Gallery from 12 December 2009.

 

(image by Gina Lundy)


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Salon Bench Knowle West, 2009


Trevor Pitt + Glebe Farm knitters

 

Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco

2 October 2009 - 24 January 2010

Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden

6 June - 9 September 2009

 

Artefacts and images from the Soft Bench project are part of a major exhibition that brings together individual and collectively made artworks that explore the relationship between craft and code through social and digital networks.

 

(image of PK1 pattern by Keith Stephenson)


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Soft Bench at Open Source Embroidery, 2009