Crafting Anatomies | Bonington Gallery

Crafting Anatomies | Bonington Gallery.


Crafting Anatomies

Crafting Anatomies will place the human body at the centre of a multi-disciplinary dialogue; exploring how this entity has been interpreted, crafted and reimagined in historical, contemporary and future contexts.


The exhibition will dissect attitudes and approaches towards contexts of the body by showcasing visionary practices of leading international artists, clinicians and designers. These will be featured alongside anatomical exhibits selected from historical collections including films from The Wellcome Trust archive.

Organs crafted by silk worms, bespoke jewellery cultured from human skin cells, and couture garments constructed using plastic surgery cutting techniques are just some of the speculative projects that will be on display.

43 practitioners in total will take part, including  » Shelly Goldsmith » Amy Congdon » Richard Arm » John Pacey-Lowrie » Juliana Sissons » Karen Ingham » Marloes ten Bhömer » The Human Harp Project and many more.

» Download a copy of the exhibition guide.

A series of talks, demonstrations and workshops will also accompany the exhibition, culminating in a symposium to highlight the rigour in approaches to this subject by the individuals featured in the show.

This exhibition is curated by Amanda Briggs-Goode, Rhian Solomon and Katherine Townsend – members of the Creative Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University.



» Pattern cutting inspired by plastic surgery
Saturday 17 January 2015, 10 am – 4 pm
Learn surgical techniques in cloth to create simple garments with Juliana Sissons.

» Crafting anatomies to train surgeons
Wednesday 21 January 2015, 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Hear composite material specialist Richard Arm talk about his groundbreaking project that simulates human hearts to train surgeons.

» Crafting Anatomies Symposium
Friday 30 January 2015
This one day symposium will explore the curious practices of a selection of Crafting Anatomies’ exhibitors, highlighting a preoccupation with the human condition in a breadth of exploratory contexts.

» Crafting prosthetic eyes
Friday 30 January 2015, 11 am – 2 pm
Attend a demonstration by ocularist John Pacey-Lowrie. John has 35 years’ experience in bespoke ocular prosthetics.  He is one of an extremely small group of talented practitioners who design, manufacture and hand-paint ocular prostheses.

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