Talk About Art & Social Change

A journey through the Arts & Crafts movement and its reaction against the mechanisation and factory production techniques spawned by the industrial revolution and how it is still influencing contemporary art and design.

In the wake of the industrial revolution Britain was no longer a collection of isolated market towns and rural communities but a world leader in mechanisation and mass production. But getting trampled underfoot were the traditional crafts and working methods that had been the lifeblood of regional areas for centuries.

The vision of the Arts & Crafts Movement was not only to restore the value of these traditional crafts but to promote a quality of design that made everyday items into things of beauty.

Images of work inspired by the exhibition content – hand crafted foodafted food

Free workshops were offered as part of the exhibition to nine local schools