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Group Show at Aspex Gallery Portmouth

12th August to 25th October 2013

Alice Kettle, Tracey Rowledge, Sarah Warsop, Kim Gladwin, Amy Logan

 Creative thought often begins with or is expressed by a sketch, the drawn line is an integral part of human communication. Sketching, doodling or scribbling are all playful activities that can be used for escapism, articulation or exploration. In this exhibition we take a look at artists’ who are either influenced by or investigative of the drawn line and the hand-made mark.

Aspex Gallery is located in Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays behind Loch Fyne restaurant open 11 - 4 every day.

Sarah Warsop,    Body 30'57"   (detail), charcoal on paper, 2013

Sarah Warsop,  Body 30'57" (detail), charcoal on paper, 2013


New exhibition at National Centre for Craft and Design

Celebrating our past exploring our future

Main Gallery, 20th July - 29th September

National Centre for Craft and Design say:

‘Growing ‘takes its lead from the very first exhibition we held in 2003, called ‘What is Craft?’ Ten years on, we’ve invited leading figures in the sphere of contemporary craft and design, artists, curators, writers and influencers, to nominate work by emerging and established artists who will be the innovators of the future. Over thirty artists have been proposed by our nominators to create an exhibition demonstrating a wide range of craft media and forms: textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, basketry, furniture and millinery.

The 10th anniversary of The National Centre for Craft & Design (formerly The Hub) comes at an exciting time for contemporary craft. Technical and conceptual innovations have taken craft forward in exciting and unexpected ways, whilst the economic downturn has led to a re-evaluation of traditional techniques and re-use of materials. This exhibition will provoke new ideas and stimulate new ways of thinking about craft as a whole.

Our own NCCD nomination is Paulo Goldstein, a Project Space artist at Collect 2013, the Crafts Council’s prestigious craft fair. We are commissioning Paulo to create new work as part of his ‘Repair is Beautiful’ collection.

Our second commission will be a mini -residency throughout the opening weekend of the exhibition by performance craft artist Alec Stevens, who will be making new work in response to visitor input.

Crafts Council Director Rosy Greenlees nominated basketry artist Stella Harding for her innovative use of material and techniques and ambitious approach to scale and Sarah Warsop, “for her movement inspired jewellery which draws directly on her experience as a dancer and choreographer”.

Journalist and former director of the Design Museum Alice Rawsthorn proposed Dutch based Italian designers Formafantasma, whose work comments on nostalgia and tradition. Japanese-born Hitomi Hosono impressed Bonnie Kemske, Editor of Ceramic Review, who nominated her exquisitely delicate and detailed porcelain sculptures adorned with intricate patterns influenced by traditional British ceramic techniques...


Sarah Warsop     Body 30'57",   Neck piece,18ct gold, 2013

Sarah Warsop 

Body 30'57", Neck piece,18ct gold, 2013

Lunchtime talk at the British Library

Lunchtime talk: Meet our Jewellery Designer in Residence

Tue 5 Mar 2013, 13.00-14.00

British Library Conference Centre

£5 / £3 concessions


Sold out for 05 Mar 2013, 13.00-14.00

Sarah Warsop has spent the last six months delving into our collections to research music, notation, drawing, sound and multimedia content around the theme of mark making. A choreographer, dancer and designer by trade, she has been inspired by 1960s experimental music notation to create her new range.

Read our blog about Sarah’s residency

This event is part of our Spring Festival 2013: a celebration of fashion, design and film at the Library.

Sarah Warsop - First jeweller in Residence at the British Library

The British Library have written the following article:

Meet our jewellery designer in residence: Sarah Warsop

The British Library’s first ever designer in the programme is Sarah Warsop, a successful choreographer and jewellery maker. Her residency will take place from September 2012 to March 2013, and she will be delving into our collections to research music, notation, drawing, sound and multimedia content around performance to gain inspiration for a new piece of work.


She is interested in how movement and dance can be mapped through dynamic drawing processes, capturing its essence through jewellery, communicating a sense of the rhythm, direction, speed and flow of the original piece of choreography.
As a dance artist she has worked for the past 20 years withRambert Dance Company and then Siobhan Davies Dance. She recently collaborated with artist Idris Khan to make the film Lying In Wait (2009), and with artist Tracey Rowledge creating What isn’t Here Hasn’t Happened (2011), a series of large graphite drawings.
Her jewellery work has been supported by the Arts Council and theCrafts Council. It has shown at Origin and with Goldsmiths’ and is in public and private collections. Sarah also has a BA (Dance) from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, and an MA Design (Jewellery) from Central St Martins.
She will be researching pre-20th century music and dance notation and attempts to transcribe composition and performance. In the 21st century, many composers and choreographers like John Cageand Trisha Brown experimented with notation as an art object in itself – a third object outside composition or performance, rooted in transcription, functioning as art.
An important part of the residency is the support Sarah will receive through our Business & IP Centre to commercialise her work. She will get advice on areas such as copyright, manufacturing, pricing and costing.

At the end of the residency, she will create a new piece of work which can be sold commercially.

Goldsmiths' Pavilion

Sarah Warsop will be showing and selling her jewellery at Somerset House in The Goldsmiths' Company Pavilion along with 79 other designers and makers. 13 - 17 June, Wednesday to Friday 11am to 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Entrance £5.

Sarah Warsop. Lying inWait Ring. Rose gold plated silver

The Space - 'Lying In Wait'

The Space - The online gallery supported by the BBC and Arts Council England is now showing Lying In Wait, a collaboration between Sarah Warsop and Idris Khan first shown at Victoria Miro Gallery in 2009...

Lying In Wait Sarah Warsop and Idris Khan. Photo: Sam Collins

MADE 11 Brighton

Thank you to Jon, Sarah and Anne-Marie for organising a great show and for being so helpful, positive and relaxed. And thanks too, to Tracy Evans for being such a lovely stand neigbour

'What Isn't Here Hasn't Happened'

'What Isn't Here Hasn't Happened', the drawing series by Sarah Warsop and Tracey Rowledge, has been showing at the Bargehouse, London for the past 10 days. Thank you to Sue, Alison, Franck, Sam, Polly, everyone who saw it, and everyone who made the collaboration possible. For more photos of the series press the inspirations button.

Origin 2011

Thank you to all those who came and talked to me during Origin this year, and to all those who bought work I hope you are enjoying your pieces...
A big thank you too to Syann Van Niftrik, Emily Nixon, and Anthony Theakston for being very supportive and encouraging stand neighbors.

Sarah Warsop, rose gold plated silver brooch 2011

4 Commissions

Come and see a collaboration between Sarah Warsop and and Tracey Rowledge. One of four commissions from Siobhan Davies Studios, showing at The Bargehouse behind the Oxo Tower on the South Bank, London, 4th - 13th November 2011.

Origin 2011

Come and see me at Origin on stand A27. 22nd - 28th September, Old Spitalfields Market, London. And also in the 'Liberty selects' windows, window 5.

'A Beautiful Thing'

Look out for 'A Beautiful Thing' by Barnaby Stone, in 2012. Just finished a research and development period with four other performers/makers of stuff at Clumber Park in Derbyshire and Battersea Arts Centre.

An ancient oak beam, hand hewn four centuries ago during a famine, rests in the middle of the room. Its history is known and supposed. But what is its future? It will be decided now. You will witness the conception and birth of The Beautiful Thing out of this wooden relic, and see it physically changed. Forever.

After 25 years working as a theatre artist and cabinet maker, Barnaby Stone brings these two strands together. Co-produced with BAC it is a Tipping Point Commission supported by the National Trust.