In:Site Festival: Revisited 2020

11 – 17 September 2020

St Phillips Cathedral
Birmingham

Monday – Friday 7.30am – 6.30pm Saturday & Sunday 7.30am – 5pm

Download the map from Friday 11th September

In:Site showcases the work of art, craft and design graduates from across the UK.

Each September, Craftspace brings new graduate makers, designers and artists to Cathedral Square with In:Site, an annual event showcasing new craft and design talent from across the UK. In:Site encourages a large public audience to watch, make and take part in contemporary art and craft activities in this unexpected, city centre space.

With artworks displayed around Cathedral Square, In:Site 2020 Festival Revisited showcases the work of In:Site makers from the past five years. Artworks on display have responded to the Square’s architecture, history and heritage, drawing fresh attention to the imagery, stories and people to be found there.

Talk and Workshop **THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED – more info here**

Friday 12 September
2 – 4pm

Take part in an outdoor workshop with previous In:Site artist, jeweller and enameller Naomi Clarke inspired by the heritage of the Cathedral and Square. You will learn about Naomi’s work, her interest in heritage and about enamelling, a heritage technique, creating your own small, enamel artwork to take home. You can also find out more about the artworks in the exhibition with the Craftspace Director Deirdre Figueiredo.

Find out more about Naomi’s enamelling work and her In:Site heritage project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPwgtGRDMUE

The talk and workshop are free but places are strictly limited and booking is essential. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

Book via this link to Eventbrite.

In:Site 2021

In:Site invites recent graduates to transform the outdoor space around Birmingham Cathedral with unusual craft ‘interventions’.

Applications for the next In:Site event open in early 2021. This will be the 10th In:Site and as well as featuring some of the best recent craft and design graduates this event will be a celebration of the last 10 years of In:Site makers, projects and responses to Cathedral Square. Applications will be open to graduates from 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Supporting new graduates

“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.

“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.

Background

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 festival has been supported by Colmore Business District (CBD) since the first event in 2011 to 2015 to welcome positive activity to the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral.

Thank you to our previous supporters:
Colmore Business District
Feeney Trust
Saintbury Trust
Edward Cadbury Trust
Oakley Trust