The two group shows examine the materiality, museology and sociopolitics of craft industries – whilst harking back to the former use of the Malt Cross as a Victorian Music Hall, a leisure site for craft laborers and factory-workers. Works by a selection of UK-based artists explore the contrast between craft as a self-taught hobby and a generational tradition, the rise of the Luddites, and the transition from the ornately hand-produced to the machine-made kitsch.
In 2014 the Malt Cross received Heritage Lottery Funding to open a below ground workshop and gallery to support artists and makers and provide opportunities for the general public to learn more about Arts & Crafts. Mass Production Pt. 2 will take place over two floors beneath the Malt Cross, in our gallery and workshop space.
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Lotti V Closs; Nottingham, UK.
Both a sculptor and a visual merchandiser, Lotti V Closs uses a combination of making, collecting and assembling to create series’ of sculptures, textiles and paintings. These installations draw from a range of reference points, from stone carving crafts and Classical architecture to Modernist sculpture.
Recognising the importance of play and display in her practice, Closs’s methods of making spawns groups of ambiguous anthropomorphic characters. Recent Exhibitions; 'In The Paravent', The Harley Gallery, The Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire (2016), 'MASS', Syson Gallery, Nottingham (2015), 'SUNSCREEN', Online project commissioned by EM15 for the 56th Venice Bienalle (2015)
Daniel Sean Kelly; Leicester, UK.
Daniel Sean Kelly deconstructs the relationships been humans and their tools, subverting our functional, everyday objects into strange and exaggerated sculptural forms. Often presented alongside these objects are paintings and prints depicting figures struggling with the physical world, where people attempt to form connections with their environment and usually fail. Recent Exhibitions; 'Daniel Sean Kelly', Trade Gallery, Nottingham (2016), 'Nottamun Town', HUTT, Nottingham (2015) 'Breathing Fog', Two Queens, Leicester (2015)
Tracey McMaster; Nottingham, UK.
Documentary filmmaker Tracey McMaster creates short films that are rooted in regional communities, abducting subject matter from local stories and vernacular culture. Often focusing on the tales of individuals, McMaster’s work highlights their intimacies, extremities and eccentricities, ultimately uncovering a sense of place. Recent Exhibitions; 'Tracey McMaster' The Rufford Gallery, Rufford Abbey, Ollerton (2013), 'Nottingham Castle Open' Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery, Nottingham (2012), 'Glasgow International', The Glue Factory, Glasgow (2012)