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Thoughts on returning home...

What can I say? The visit to Brazil far exceeded my expectations, providing me with countless invaluable opportunities that I would otherwise have missed or been unable to access had I been a regular tourist.

Brazilian music comes to London

Some of the Brazil cohort were interested in music; there is a Brazil Festival on the Southbank, London over the summer and there are some eminent musicians playing: Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethania, Os Mutantes, Tom Ze.

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Also Caetano Veloso is playing the Barbican on 3 July. 

God's hangar on earth or the Devil's bomb shelter?

Just come across this charming piece from Time magazine in 1959 about the Niemeyer Igreja da Pampulha - I didn't know until now that Kubitschek (later Brazil's president) was mayor of Belo Horizonte and commissioned the church/casino/ballroom:

Ernesto Neto on Youtube

Missing him already? 

There are a couple of good videos of Ernesto on Youtube. 

His Hayward Gallery exhibition opens on 19 June.  

First Day in Sao Paulo

Somehow i did not expect Sao Paulo to be Latin New York. Jardins, a very cosmopolitan and sophisticated neighbourhood (where we were staying ) was close to MASP, a museum designed by Lina Bo Bardi. Some of us rushed to see it in a somewhat jet lagged state. We knew she was a great collector of crafts ( from our briefing notes!) and the only woman architect working in the  fifities and sixities. She was educated in Rome and edited Domus Magazine there until 1947 when she arrived in Brazil.

first report from Brazil

Three days into our“frisky” itinerary (so described by Giancarlo the director of the Museu Da CasaBrasileira… where we gave our presentations on Saturday. The group werefabulous PR for the UK – the range of work and professionalism across the 12organsiations was outstanding. Martina Margetts rounded up the presentations with an insightful profileof the current themes being explored through contemporary craft practice in theUK.

zizi maria

zizi maria is based in Sao Paolo, a knitting and crochet venue and organisation owned and run by Ilzida Maria and her daughter Carolina Araujo. A great example of traditional skills being kept alive. This information and connection came via Dubai! My brother Nathan works with Carolina's brother Orlando. To translate the page into strange english you can put zizimaria into google....

Artquest /Crafts Council Craft Rally - 25th. March 2010, Chelsea College of Art & Design

I hope that the Brazil research trip will help to inform the upcomnig Craft Rally programme, perhaps via a talk/presentation of the visit with others in the brazil cohort?  Artquest will be curating and hosting the inaugural Crafts Rally event, part of the Craft Council new Collective initiative.  We're working in association with the Crafts Council, Yorkshire Art Space and independent curator and Maker Helen Carnac ( to develop a series of formal and informal talks, presentations and events throghout the

youth creativity and culture in Sao Paulo

In the first bit of research that I've done I came across Choque Cultural which is a contemporary art gallery in Sao Paulo exhibiting an eclectic mix of pop, outsider art including tattoo, graffiti, graphic design and illustration.

A Danish eye on Lustre, Nottingham

In the beginning of November, I had the opportunity to visit the Lustre market in Nottingham, on invitation from Neil Walker.

The trip involved a lot of travelling time - six hours each way, but it was my first time in UK outside London (which I don´t know well either), and I found the bus ride from Heathrow very interesting. It appeared to me that the countryside is similar to (parts of) Denmark in terms of fauna and morphology, but very different in the way the land is being distributed and used.