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Craft 2015

Craft 2015

11 October 2015–6 December 2015

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

"Craft 2015" is this year’s annual jury-assessed exhibition of the Norwegian ­Association for Arts and Crafts.

The exhibition shows new work by Norwegian craft artists. With its broad range of form and content, the exhibition reflects something of the diversity in the field of contemporary studio crafts. It is a diversity that can be traced back to the founding of the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, which celebrates its fortieth ­anniversary this year.

The winner of the ­Craft Price 2015 (awarded by the Visual Artists Relief Fund) will be announced in the course of the exhibition.

Fortieth ­anniversary

The first annual Craft exhibition was held in 1975, the year the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK) was founded. "Craft 2015" is the 38th exhibition in the series. While the field of ­conceptually-based crafts has grown, materiality and craftsmanship still play the dominant role. The principles behind the annual exhibition, which include the right for ­anyone to submit works, a selection jury cons­isting of artists and museum specialists, and the goal of showing the best of the submitted ­material, remain unchanged.

Great variety this year

Concerning this year’s contributions, the jury says: “Among the contributors we see a good range of younger and older, newly trained and well established artists. The works show high ­material and technical standards, and there is great expressive variety within each material category. One characteristic of this year’s exhibition is large, powerful works and installations.”

Can this variety be seen as an expression of our time? What about the utility aspect – is it important? And what happens in the encounter between works that have, in effect, not “selected” each other?

The jury for this year’s exhibition has been: Heidi Bjørgan (jury chair), Anna Talbot, Hilde Hauan Johnsen, Yasar Aydin (Sweden) and Inger Helene Stemshaug, The National Museum.