Martino Gamper: Post Forma

Martino Gamper in his Studio. Copyright the artist. Image 1 of 1
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09.10.15 - 10.01.16
Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield & YSP
Post Forma, a major new commission by acclaimed Italian designer Martino Gamper, launches at Leeds Art Gallery on 9 October 2015 as part of British Art Show 8. During the exhibition opening weekend, colourful bespoke shoe repairs will take place from a mobile unit designed by Martino Gamper. This element of the project will extend to The Hepworth Wakefield (24–25 October) and YSP (26–27 October), with cobblers around Yorkshire undertaking Gamper-designed shoe alterations.

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Post Forma is a participatory work, which will see Gamper collaborate closely with Yorkshire artisans; specialists in weaving, bookbinding, cobbling and chair caning. Centred around interactions with the public, the commission will explore shared craft techniques as social activities that bring people together through the flow of knowledge and traditional skills.
The exhibition is driven by Gamper’s interest in how objects can be transformed or reused, rather than thrown away. Transforming broken objects into unique pieces of craft, artisans will undertake design interventions in the gallery, and will host workshops for visitors, who can bring along their broken belongings to be repaired and recrafted.
Referencing Yorkshire’s history as a centre of the textile industry throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, a working loom will be installed in the gallery. Visitors will be invited to bring their unwanted textiles for local artisans to incorporate into the weaving, creating a collaborative woven hanging which will evolve throughout the exhibition.

An element of Post Forma will tour to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton in 2016 as part of British Art Show 8.

Post Forma has been commissioned by Yorkshire Festival and Hayward Touring, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme. 

Event: Martino Gamper: Post Forma Workshop
26+27.2015 / 11.00–16.00 / Free

Visitors are invited to bring in belongings for Gamper to transform rather than throw away. Find out more

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