Resonance: Making, metal and place




Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Free Event


Movement through cities and towns is shaped by metal: railings, gates, fences, signposts and lampposts, bridges and rail tracks guide us through the urban realm. This exhibition highlights some outstanding contemporary design solutions for civic spaces by a range of renowned metalsmiths.

Walk down any urban street in the UK and the most dominant material that surrounds you will be metal. Railings; gates; security fencing; signboards; lampposts; roofing materials; bridges; rail tracks; drain covers. Movement through our cities and towns is, one way and another, shaped by metal. But how often do we see contemporary work that shows real imaginative quality in guiding us through the urban realm? Resonance highlights examples of commissioned work in UK, from the past 15 years, which demonstrate how innovative and practical design solutions informed by makers’ knowledge and curiosity about the qualities and histories of materials, in this case metal, can add new shape to civic spaces.

Special Events:
Metal in Bankside - Guided Walk with Danuta Solowiej
Saturday 19 September, 11am
Guided walk through Bankside with sculptor and medallist Danuta Solowiej, looking at metal in the public realm; starts at CAA Gallery and ends at Borough Market. Duration: 90 minutes.
This event is free but places are limited and advance booking is essential. Please call 020 7620 0086 to book.

Talk: Kate Maestri Architectural Glass Artist - Commissions and Collaborations
19 September 2015, 3pm
Architectural glass artist Kate Maestri will highlight a selection of projects in order to discuss and illuminate the commissioning process - and how to successfully collaborate with architects. She will welcome questions from the audience.
Kate Maestri’s central precept is that her work should be site-specific and integrated into the architecture. Large-scale glass installations become part of the structure and formation of the building rather than something that is applied later. Working in collaboration with architects and engineers she aspires to produce art that responds harmoniously to the architecture. Also part of MERGE festival.
Tickets for this talk are £5 each. Places are limited and advance booking is essential. Please call 020 7620 0086 to book.

Contemporary Applied Arts

Founded in 1948 and a registered charity since 1967, CAA champions and promotes only the very best applied artists in their field. CAA's Southwark gallery and shop exhibits a diverse and frequently-changing selection of decorative and functional pieces, ranging from ceramics and glass to wood, furniture, jewellery, metalwork, paper and textiles.

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