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Artwork created in lockdown wins top prize for British textile artist

British textile artist Anna Ray has won the prestigious Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award at Collect Art Fair 2021 for her works ‘Weave and Capture.’

The colourful and sculptural work will be exhibited at company’s buildings – 99 Bishopsgate and Aldgate Tower in the City of London – in the summer and autumn of 2021.

Ray and the gallery that represents her also receive £25,000 in cash, after bagging top prize at the capital’s contemporary art fair, which this year took place online.

That gallery is the off-beat Shoreditch outfit House on Mars, where Ray’s works form part of the collection ‘Beyond Typology’, based around the human need for comfort and self-expression.


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Extra: Capture and Weave

We hear from textile artist Anna Ray, winner of the Brookfield Properties Craft Council Collection Award 2021, and represented by House on Mars Gallery.


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LDF / Matt Smith 2020

“THE LOBBY OF 99 Bishopsgate, a sleek high-rise office block in the heart of the City of London, is an unlikely location for an exhibition of works by the British artist Matt Smith. Smith is, after all, known for his site-specific interventions in National Trust houses and museums such as the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, the V&A and Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum; he is not a fan of white cube spaces and things on plinths. And his pieces, made chiefly in ceramic and textile, tend towards the domestic rather than the commercial.


The venue was chosen because it is owned by Brookfield Properties, the global real estate management company behind the Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award, which was awarded to Smith at Collect earlier this year. The two tapestries and four signature ceramic assemblages Brookfield Properties bought and then gifted to the Crafts Council Collection as a result of the prize, form the core of the exhibition. They are joined by 14 other works spanning the last ten years of Smith’s practice.”


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Matt Smith’s Hide and Seek 2019 Found in textile and wool (104cm by 73 cm)

“Brookfield Properties and the Crafts Council present a collection of works from the archive of British contemporary artist Matt Smith in a free public exhibition hosted at 99 Bishopsgate, London.

This marks the first time that different series by the artist have been brought together in one free exhibition.

Matt Smith: 2020 will feature 20 works, ranging from tapestries to ceramic sculpture.

The hybrid artist and curator won the Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Prize at the International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design Collect 2020, has had various solo exhibitions across the UK and was Artist in Residence at the V&A.

His art unpicks the work of establishment organisations and their points of reference, as well as those of their visitors.”

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