CCAD alumnus Helen O'Shea to exhibition in London Jan-Mar 2021

04 January 2021
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Helen O'Shea's to exhibit at the Ting Ying Gallery in London

Jan-Feb 2021


From her MA by Research - Balancing Relations at James Barry Exhibtion Centre November 2020 curator Brian Kennedy saw Helen's work online and brought it to the attention of Ting Ying Gallery in London

She was then invited to Join with the artists in the gallery to show my work in January 2021 as part of Crafting a Difference. A major exhibition in the SoShiro Marylebone Town House from January 19th to March 2nd. Planned to overlap both the London Art Fair and Collect, digital fairs.

The Ting-Ying Gallery has also used an image of Helen's to advertise the CRAFTING A DIFFERENCE exhibition in Crafts magazine (Jan-Feb issue) and I subsequently did a short interview with the magazine to appear in the following issue March-April!

The physical exhibition of works from five galleries will be shown over four floors in the beautiful town house.



(The below information is taken from their website.)

19 JANUARY – 02 MARCH 2021

Five London-based contemporary craft and visual arts galleries have forged an unprecedented relationship to bring together an ambitiously diverse selection of work in early 2021. ‘Crafting a Difference’ at SoShiro gallery, is a positively defiant act of coming together at a time when so many have been forced apart.

The exhibition is the brainchild of curator Brian Kennedy: “The craft sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, yet it’s also been a very creative time for many makers, artists and gallerists. For ‘Crafting a Difference’, not only do we have makers from Kenya, France, Spain, Japan, Argentina, China, UK, USA, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Brazil, Scandinavia, Chile, Korea, Iceland, Vietnam, but a wide mix of materials and methods are being explored. Our intention is clear: to illustrate that now, more than ever, the process of creation, is undeniably a deep-rooted, unifying force.”

Work in ceramics, wood, glass, metals, textiles, and paper by over thirty-five artists will be exhibited across four floors of the Georgian townhouse, that is SoShiro. The lower floors feature work in the context of a gallery space, whereas the top two floors display pieces in the context of a residential interior.

“It’s incredibly exciting to host the debut of ‘Crafting A Difference’ at SoShiro and to welcome visitors in person to our space” says SoShiro founder Shiro Muchiri. “With all eyes on London during the London Art Fair and Collect, this show brings together over 150 objects from across the globe, focusing on the beauty of making and all the varied elements intrinsic to work created by hand.”


Brian Kennedy is an independent curator working predominantly in the craft and applied arts. His exhibitions have been held in Dublin, New York, Geneva, Basel, Milan, and London.

Shiro Muchiri launched her design career in Nairobi before practising interior architecture in Milan and London. While working on her own furniture and accessories collections she opened SoShiro, in Marylebone, showcasing cross cultural exploratory work.

See additional document for further details about the five participating galleries.

Crafting A Difference coincides with the London Art Fair (18th January – 7th February) and Collect (26th February – 2nd March). All 5 galleries are taking part in both the London Art Fair and Collect’s digital shows.


Please click here to book your visit to Crafting A Difference at SoShiro

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