Main Festival 4-8 September, Birmingham
In:Site presents new craft in unexpected contexts, challenges perceptions of craft and promotes emerging trends.
In:Site 2017 is a free festival, organised by Craftspace, which takes place in Birmingham Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB from 4th – 8th September 2017 (Work is on show until Sunday 10th.)
Artists will be working in the square between 11am and 6pm each day. You can come along and watch makers creating their work and can join in with many of the activities.
This year’s artists have been selected with guest selector Jane McArdle, Heritage Manager for Birmingham Cathedral following research visits to degree shows around the country and New Designers UK graduates exhibition.
Initiated by Craftspace, the independent contemporary craft development charity, In:Site provides an opportunity for selected new arts graduates to create bespoke, site-specific artworks.
Beginning as a one day event featuring only three graduates, In:Site quickly grew in partnership with Birmingham Cathedral into a five day festival, attracting new makers from colleges across the country.
“The audience response to my work was very positive. It was good to be there on the day making, seeing the process adds a whole new level of interest for people. For me technique is just as important as final piece so it was nice to be given the opportunity to show this. I think that finishing University and being out in the real world can be quite daunting. In:Site gave me something positive to look forward to and gave me a boost to keep making.” Amber Wakley 2012 exhibiting graduate.
The festival provides graduates with a valuable early career gain and profile for their portfolio. They directly benefit from being able to test the viability of ideas, go through the process of a live commission, respond to a brief and a specific site, and engage with the public at first hand. As this year marks the Cathedral’s tercentenary, many of the graduates will incorporate the rich themes and history surrounding the Cathedral’s 300 years in the city within their installations.
Birmingham Cathedral Square
The Cathedral Square is a major city thoroughfare and meeting point with as many as twenty thousand people passing through and spending time in the public space each day. It is the perfect venue for In:Site to attract a new audience to contemporary craft and create an environment to encounter unique cultural experiences.
“The location for the In:Site festival was perfect, there were lots of people buzzing about, stopping to look at the work and ask questions. I had a lot of positive feedback. Taking part in In:Site has allowed me to build up my portfolio, taught me how to showcase my work in a public art setting and has given me the confidence to consider projects like this in the future as I hadn’t even thought about it before now. It’s been both inspiring and enjoyable.” Samantha Wilson 2012 exhibiting graduate.