British Contemporary Craft showcased for London 2012 Games

As London floods with international visitors eager for a glimpse of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Crafts Council is curating a private showcase of contemporary craft.

Rose by Donna Wilson

Sadly not open to the public, the display at the British Business Embassy will show off the UK’s crafting talent, with 21 exceptional one-off commissions, loaned works and full-room displays by creators such as Ron Arad, Barber Osgerby, Jason Bruges Studio, Lee Broom, Terence Conran, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Ross Lovegrove and Paul Smith.

We’re particularly excited to discover that the talented Donna Wilson (pictured below) is taking part with the only knitted piece in the exhibition - the charming ‘Rosie’ pictured at the top of this post (photo by Gareth Hacker). 

Donna Wilson portrait""I feel really honoured to be asked to be part of the exhibition," says Dona. "Knitting is a great British tradition and it's great that it's being represented in such a prestigious venue."

The aims of the exhibition is to present a world-class creative showcase in a location that will host over 3,000 UK and international business leaders over the course of the Games.

 “The inclusion of a showcase of contemporary craft at the British Business Embassy highlights how significantly this sector contributes to the creative industries in the UK,” says Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council. “We have some of the most talented, ambitious and innovative makers in the world. They are rightfully taking their place alongside designers, artists and architects in what will be a tremendous showcase of unique British creativity."

Although the exhibition isn't open to the public, you'll be able to see all the exhibits on a Craft Council Pinterest Board, which is one we'll definitely be following. We’re always happy when craft is given a boost, even if we won’t get to see it in the, um, fibre, for ourselves.

The exhibition will be at the British Business Embassy until 9 September 2012. Admittance by invite only.