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Brief Published: 20 Dec 2011

40:40 at Crafts Council


To celebrate its 40th birthday, the UK Crafts Council has launched an online exhibition showcasing forty contemporary craft objects – one from each year – each selected by friends and colleagues of the Crafts Council.

Titled 40:40 – Forty Objects for Forty Years, the 40 works have been selected from a collection of over 1,400 objects by an invited commentator – consisting of makers, curators and critics – and are showcased with supporting films, audio clips or previously unseen archive material.

The exhibition is also part exploration into the new online digital catalogue and image library that is expected to launch in early 2012 and will archive all objects in the Crafts Council Collection.

The Crafts Council was founded in 1971 and incorporated under Royal Charter ten years later. The Collection forms an integral part of showcasing, promoting and celebrating contemporary craft. It is an active working collection, with objects represented in online and physical exhibitions, and loaned to UK museums and galleries.