Contemporary craft tour at heritage site

Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

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A GLASS artist travelling across the region as part of a contemporary craft tour is calling in at Newbiggin.

This year’s Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour, entitled Vanguard – progressive craft, focuses on artists who are combining modern technology with traditional skills in new ways.

As well as glass artist Catherine Fuga Carr, it showcases the work of jeweller and textile artist Nora Fok, furniture designer Liam Hopkins of Lazerian, and Cumbrian ceramicist Michael Eden.

Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour officer Karen Babayan said: “These four artists are nationally renowned and recognised as pioneers in their fields; from crocheting with glass to the marriage of clay and computers; from jewellery making with 3D printing software to the computer-aided design of furniture, and the result will be a stunning exhibition of around 50 different pieces.”

The tour is funded by the Arts Council England, Queen’s Hall Arts (Hexham), ONE North East, Cumbria Community Foundation, Eden District Council Community Fund, South Lakes District and Cumbria and Durham County Councils as well as, for the first time, being the recipient of a significant grant from the Foyle Foundation, a trust that supports arts and learning.

Vanguard – progressive craft will be on display from 10am to 5pm from Friday, June 9, to Saturday, June 16, at Newbiggin Maritime Centre.