In conversation with resident artist Silke Dettmers and furniture maker and Fine Furniture lead Tutor for the Building Crafts College, Neil Austin.
Silke Dettmers will discuss her artist residency and curious discoveries as part of the Raw Materials project and her fascination with the Wunderkammer, Cabinets of wonder and her latest large sculptural work in the exhibition. Neil Austin will talk alongside Silke exploring further the Wonderous cabinets created by the Building Crafts College Students as part of the project.
Born in Germany Silke Dettmers has lived in the UK since 1981 and trained at St. Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Her practice comprises of sculptures, drawing and photography. Most recently her sculptures and photographs were exhibited in ‘Mark Wallinger Presents’ (2014, London), ‘Compulsion’ (2013, London) and ‘Territories’ (2012, Den Helder, Netherlands). Dettmers lectures at a number of British arts universities, and has taught in Poland and Colombia. She also curates and writes on arts related subjects.
Neil Austin is a passionate maker and teacher. He is an experienced furniture maker and designer. He is the Lead Tutor for Fine Woodwork and Furniture Making at the Building Crafts College and prior to this taught at Bucks New University as BA Furniture Design Course Leader.