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An exhibition inspired by a single wagon wheel
January 14, 2020 - April 5, 2020


January 14, 2020
April 5, 2020
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Maker Gareth Neal standing behind large flat circle of wood with an axe working on Shoulder to the Wheel exhibition piece

“Shoulder to the Wheel”, curated by Dr Glenn Adamson, takes as its starting point George Sturt’s classic 1923 work, “The Wheelwright’s Shop”. A single wagon wheel from The MERL’s collections acts as inspiration for three makers from very different technical, creative and imaginative backgrounds. Their wheels demonstrate distinctive approaches to making from the traditional to the conceptual, using analogue and digital methods of construction and visualising.

The exhibition is designed as a meditation on craft practices, past and present.

The makers involved are Greg Rowlands, a master wheelwright from Devon, Gareth Neal, a furniture designer-maker based in East London and Zoe Laughlin, co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making, University College, London.

The exhibition has been developed jointly with the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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