Wednesday 21 September 2022, 6pm
Performance Space, the Bluecoat
We are delighted this year’s Gardner-Medwin Lecture will be delivered by metalworker, Junko Mori.
Junko Mori was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1974. Throughout childhood, she was fascinated by ‘how things grow’. Observations of pond water through a microscope formed the origins of her concept.
Having graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo in 1997, Junko became a welding assistant to a fabricator. Metalworking skills obtained during this period naturally led to an increase in confidence, encouraging her to enrol on the Silversmithing & Metalworking BA at Camberwell College of Arts, London in 1998.
Her core concept, ‘growing forms through repetition’ evolved around graduation in 2000. She simplified her practice and developed more sculptural forms through using traditional blacksmithing techniques, such as forging and hammering.
Having received a grant to be a part of the Crafts Council Next Move Scheme, supported by the Arts Council UK, Junko became an artist in residence at Liverpool Hope University in 2001. She set up her first studio in Manchester in 2003.
Junko’s works have been collected by major museums internationally; British Museum, V&A, National Museum of Scotland, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu and so on.
Currently she lives in the remote countryside of the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, where she is totally surrounded by inspirational nature.
Junko’s work is featured in our ‘Celebrating Design at Hope‘ exhibition which runs from 16 September – 29 October 2022. After the talk, attendees are invited back to the Bluecoat Display Centre for drinks and to view the exhibition, with an opportunity for further informal conversations.