Major Crafts Exhibition Opens in Limavady

Forming Words brings new literature inspired works by nineteen different international makers to the Roe Valley Arts Centre until August 22

On tour from London's acclaimed Flow Gallery, a major crafts exhibition showcasing works in contemporary craft in jewellery, ceramics, textiles, paper, metal and stone has opened at the Roe Valley Arts Centre in Limavady.

Running until August 22, Forming Words coincides with Craft NI's annual August Craft Month initiative and features contributions by makers from locations as diverse as South Korea, Japan, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

Desima Connolly, Arts Officer and Centre Manager comments: 'The centre is delighted to host this stunning contemporary crafts exhibition which presents the work of twenty international makers to the North West. This is a major crafts show for the entire Causeway Coast and Glens Borough.

A Literate Passion, Valentine Herrenschmidt

'I’d like to thank Flow Gallery for their assistance and co-operation. The gallery had asked the selected artists to create new work based on a piece of writing of their choice, be they from a poem, song lyrics, personal writing or letters.

'The works explore how text can inspire form and structure in contemporary craft. For example, Aino Kajaniemi has created multiple tapestries which are specifically inspired by the Finnish poet Anne Hänninen. 

In her work A Literate Passion, Valentine Herrenschmidt has created two large metal wall sculptures inspired by the actual love letters of famous authors Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller. Most of the work is for sale, which is a wonderful opportunity for collectors and those just wanting to buy some of the beautiful ceramics, jewellery and other works available.

Flight Paths

Many of the exhibiting artists are renowned in their field, exhibiting internationally. Debbie Smyth created the well-known Flight Paths in the Sky Lounge at IQ Shoreditch, London and has undertaken large installations for private and public organisations internationally. In this exhibition, she exhibits wonderful textile framed works reflecting on commonly used phrases.

Matthew Raw who is exhibiting his work AEIOU is currently Ceramicist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Forming Words runs at the Roe Valley Arts Centre's Keady & Broighter Galleries on Mondays until Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am-5pm and on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am until 9.30pm until August 22. Admission is free.