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A curated selling exhibition of museum quality, collectible contemporary craft by eminent UK makers.

Established in 2014, Ornament offers the opportunity to see and buy museum quality, collectible contemporary craft made by eminent UK makers. Ornament also aims to shine a light on the exceptional public collections held here in the North of the UK. To this end guest curator, Michelle Keeling, has selected seven artists whose work is featured in these notable collections.  

With Ornament being held here in Manchester, it was important to once again include some of the city’s most significant collections – Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, and The Whitworth. In addition, added to the line-up for 2016 are Shipley Art Gallery, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, York Art Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland.

The dates of the acquisitions of the featured artists into these collections are notable, the majority taking place between 1981 and 2002. That these makers are still current; still being purchased by major collections throughout the UK and internationally; and are at the top of their respective fields; should offer confidence to both established collectors and those wanting to enter the arena of collecting high end contemporary craft.

Michelle Keeling

Curator of Ornament 2016