6 makers, 6 moments, 14 days to discover

Acts of Making is a two-week festival that celebrates contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops taking place in Bilston, West Midlands, from 14 to 28 February 2015 and in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, from 7 to 21 March 2015.


As well as activity in Bilston Craft Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery - the festival will present craft in unexpected spaces and allow the public to interact and collaborate with internationally-exhibited artists. Visitors will be able to witness the creation of a patterned carpet made entirely from dust, create their own music via logs and wooden horns, watch a folk procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters through the streets, become part of an ongoing project exploring our relationship with jewellery, watch a performance piece using un-fired ceramic pots and sculpt sandstone benches by skateboarding on them. 


The six artists: Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard William Wheater will create moments that are curious and fascinating with many involving collaboration with local communities in Bilston and Gateshead.


People are encouraged to capture their Acts of Making experiences on social media using #ActsofMakingActs of Making is a Crafts Council touring project organised in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Bilston Craft Gallery.