Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, the inaugural Harewood Biennial, aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society.
The exhibition seeks to answer the question “What is craft and why does it matter?” Curated by design critic Hugo Macdonald, the works of over twenty-five British makers will be on show; from fashion, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and lacquer, this is a multi-generational overview of excellence in craft today. Further, three site specific installations will be commissioned by renowned contemporary British artisans.
Harewood House, located in Yorkshire, England and widely known for its Chippendale collection, will act as the backdrop for this ground-breaking exhibition. Pieces will be placed throughout the home and surrounding grounds to juxtapose modern and traditional craft, demonstrating Harewood’s commitment to the crucial role craftsman have in ongoing support of cultural heritage.