Process of Exchange
15 – 22 Oct
10.00 – 17.00
PREVIEW: 14 OCTOBER 18.30-20.30 All welcome
Forth Goods Yard, Newcastle
The nature of work in the creative industries provides a chance for its practitioners to engage with individuals that have experience, hard earned knowledege and unique skill sets within their fields of expertise. When it comes to the design and manufacture of products, the input provided by highly skilled professionals is an invaluable part of the process, helping to navigate challenges of both a technical and material nature. Well-designed products are created through a process of exchange, as knowledge and skill are shared between collaborators.
Process of Exchange is an exhibition, which provides an insight into collaborations between industrial designer David Irwin and the professionals he engages with on a daily basis. In order to capture this process photographer Mark Slater provides visual documentation of work in progress in varying manufacturing landscapes as well as portraits of the people who bring the pieces into existence.
Presented as a combination of Irwin’s three-dimensional pieces and Slater’s photography, Process of Exchange aims to highlight how the inherent desire to work with people we know and like is a strong one. The exhibition shows professional collaboration within the field of design is not only essential practice for creating physical objects but also an enjoyable social aspect of work.
‘We’ve long forgotten how collaboration became a natural instinct. For most of us, in the dailiness of family life, collaboration is a learned habit. It’s a recognition that there’s more to life – more opportunity, more knowledge, more danger – than we can master alone. It’s the building block of community. And because it’s a balance to our self-absorption, it helps us see beyond ourselves to a universe full of people who are not all like us. It’s a powerful tool for socialization and tolerance.’
Process of Exchange will be curated by David Irwin and Mark Slater