CAA is delighted to return to central London after six years in close proximity to Tate Modern. In late July we moved north of the river, near to where CAA had been located for 65 of our 71 years as a leading advocate and gallery for fine crafts made in Britain.
The gallery is now open in 6 Paddington Street, W1, just off Marylebone High Street in a very lively neighbourhood. The nearest stations are only moments away, at Baker Street and Regent’s Park. The space is charming and we have immediately been made to feel welcome in our new home.
Frequently-changing-displays will, as ever, feature work by some of the most respected and interesting artists and designers living and working in Britain today. Curated maker spotlights, solo and group shows will regularly highlight work from across CAA’s eight disciplines and we will carry on actively initiating and facilitating commissions of work by our maker members. CAA continues to be recognised as one of the best places in the country to find one-off ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles and wood.
A completely new website will launch in the early autumn, featuring all-new informative maker pages and an online shop.
CAA’s exhibition calendar programme for the coming year includes:
Neil Bottle: Thirty Years in the Making – All That Remains
13 September – 19 October 2019
A new series of wall hung pieces, created as a celebration of Bottle’s 30 years working as a textile artist who skilfully combines analogue techniques with computer-aided design and digital print. The exhibition represents a milestone for the artist, repositioning his practice in a research context unconfined by the constraints of his commercial fashion print designs and allowing a new burst of creativity. This solo show also marks his 30 years as an active maker member of CAA.
New Member Showcase
29 October – 19 November 2019
CAA is delighted to welcome eleven new makers to its membership this year. A selection of their diverse and cross-disciplinary work will be showcased at the gallery this autumn. The new maker members are: ceramicists Caroline Egleston, Deirdre Burnett, Delfina Emmanuel and Jaejun Lee, jewellers Claire Underwood, Emily Kidson and Kathryn Hinton, textile artists Anna Gravelle, Caroline Richards and Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor as well as furniture maker Matthew Paré.
Present & Collect – a seasonal selling show – perfect gifts and objects to keep for life
28 November – 24 December 2019
CAA’s joyful seasonal selling exhibition offers a range of meaningful gifts at accessible price points, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. The gallery will be transformed into a curated treasure trove, filled with a plethora of work by CAA members across the disciplines.
Late April – end May (dates TBC), scheduled to coincide with London Craft Week 2020
Jeweller Jane Adam’s career has been admired and respected for combining artistic integrity, ongoing experimentation and technical innovation with a grounded sense of practical reality. She designs and creates ranges of jewellery that appeal to women of all ages, using both precious metals and anodised aluminium. Her work is included in many major collections, including the V&A, National Museums of Scotland, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA. She has been a maker member of CAA since the 1980s.
Architectural Glass by Kate Maestri
For London Design Festival in September 2020 CAA will present work by renowned glass artist Kate Maestri. Her sculptural approach to glass has brought light, colour and interesting forms to a wide range of prestigious architectural projects over the past ten years.
Contemporary Applied Arts
6 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QG
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Admission is free
Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) is London’s original multi-disciplinary applied arts gallery, which champions and promotes only the very best of British craft. Its sole organisational aims are to advocate for the applied arts and to campaign for and foster quality and innovation in this field.