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Graduate invited to participate in major exhibition in 'Crafting a Difference', London.

12 January 2021

Helen O'Shea, MA by Research Graduate, is to take part in 'Crafting a Difference', a major exhibition in SoShiro, London from 19th January to 2nd March.


MA by Reserach Graduate, Helen O'Shea has been invited to show her work in January 2021 as part of Crafting a Difference. A major exhibition in the SoShiro Marylebone Town House from January 19th to April 2nd and planned to overlap with both the London Art Fair and Collect, digital fairs.

The Ting Ying Gallery has used an image of Helen's to advertise the CRAFTING A DIFFERENCE exhibition in Crafts magazine (Jan-Feb issue) and their March-April issue will contain an interview with Helen.

The physical exhibition of works from five galleries will be shown over four floors in the beautiful SoShiro town house from January 19th to April 2nd 2021.

Five London-based contemporary craft and visual arts galleris have forged an unprecedented relationship to bring together an ambitiously diverse selection of work in early 2021. ‘Crafting a Difference’ at SoShiro gallery, is a positively defiant act of coming together at a time when so many have been forced apart.

The exhibition is the brainchild of curator Brian Kennedy: “The craft sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, yet it’s also been a very creative time for many makers, artists and gallerists. For ‘Crafting a Difference’, not only do we have makers from Kenya, France, Spain, Japan, Argentina, China, UK, USA, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Brazil, Scandinavia, Chile, Korea, Iceland, Vietnam, but a wide mix of materials and methods are being explored. Our intention is clear: to illustrate that now, more than ever, the process of creation, is undeniably a deep-rooted, unifying force.”

Work in ceramics, wood, glass, metals, textiles, and paper by over thirty-five artists will be exhibited across four floors of the Georgian townhouse, that is SoShiro. The lower floors feature work in the context of a gallery space, whereas the top two floors display pieces in the context of a residential interior.

“It’s incredibly exciting to host the debut of ‘Crafting A Difference’ at SoShiro and to welcome visitors in person to our space” says SoShiro founder Shiro Muchiri. “With all eyes on London during the London Art Fair and Collect, this show brings together over 150 objects from across the globe, focusing on the beauty of making and all the varied elements intrinsic to work created by hand.”

Brian Kennedy is an independent curator working predominantly in the craft and applied arts. His exhibitions have been held in Dublin, New York, Geneva, Basel, Milan, and London.

Shiro Muchiri launched her design career in Nairobi before practising interior architecture in Milan and London. While working on her own furniture and accessories collections she opened SoShiro, in Marylebone, showcasing cross cultural exploratory work.

See additional document for further details about the five participating galleries.

Crafting A Difference coincides with the London Art Fair (18th January – 7th February) and Collect (26th February – 2nd March). All 5 galleries are taking part in both the London Art Fair and Collect’s digital shows.


Visits by Appointment Only:

For all enquiries in relation to a physical visit, SoShiro will be reviewing all requests on a case-by-case basis to ensure the utmost safety of all visits as well as observing the most up to date government guidelines.

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