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Future exhibitions and displays

Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution
Second Sitters take over the Geffrye for London Craft Week 

Tuesday 2 – Sunday 21 May, 10am - 5pm. Free

Second Sitters at the Geffrye Museum

Chair by Miss Pokeno

Second Sitters will stage an upholstery ‘take over’ of the Geffrye Museum in May, time-lining the evolution, ups and downs and new revolution within the craft from upholder (archaic term for upholsterer) to the present day through an exhibition, live working demonstrations, workshops and panel discussions with makers and industry professionals.

Curated by practising upholsterers Hannah Stanton and Jude Dennis, the exhibition features work from a selection of UK-based upholsterers who are redefining the traditional preconceived role of the upholsterer by combining traditional craft skills with contemporary thinking. Taking the form of a physical timeline, the exhibition maps the changes and developments within the discipline to include techniques, materials and stories. Works will be multi-disciplinary, from furniture to photography and film, tackling activism, social commentary, materiality and throw-away culture.

Second Sitters exhibitors include: Jude Dennis, Polly Granville, Miss Pokeno, Electra Read-Dagg, Mick Sheridan, Rachael South and Hannah Stanton.

Live working and workshops will run alongside the main exhibition.  Read the press release.


What makes home? Exploring diverse stories of home in London 

Opening Tuesday 6 June 2017. Free

This display highlights personal stories about home, including experiences of migration and making a home in London, the role of religion in the home, particular housekeeping practices, and the impact of technology on leisure activities.

Created in partnership with local community partners, funded by ACE.


Ceramics in the City

Thursday 21 September 6 - 8.30pm (open evening), Friday 22 September - Sunday 24 September 10am - 5pm

Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown - porcelain dishes and spoons

Small porcelain bowls by Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, exhibitor at Ceramics in the City 2016

The Geffrye Museum’s annual celebration of ceramics returns in September, bringing together the work of 50 selected potters from across the UK in a riot of colour, style, texture and technique.

Artist application forms are available online here.