Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Artistic Director and owner, David MacLaren is currently taking take part in an International Forum and Exhibition of Woodworking Culture. The event is taking place in the Brandstedts Tra Gard Workshop in Kjeckestad, Mariestad, Sweden.
The JoINT Project as it is named is aimed at providing an arena for the woodworking traditions from four different continents, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. MacLaren and ex-Canberra region sculptor and woodworker Matthew Harding are representing Australia at the event together with woodworkers from Japan, Senegal and Sweden, who will have 6 participants.
The woodworkers will share, explore, create and learn all within a theme that is as universal as woodworking itself. That area is Seating in Public Places, such as on the streets, by the waterfront or at such places as public look-outs and parks and gardens and other areas where the public gathers in urban settings.
The participants are taking part in projects that will create new ideas for public seating either as individuals or in small groups using tools in the main supplied by Per Barndstedt, the organiser of the event. Some years ago Per Brandstedt was a guest of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery where he had been invited by David MacLaren to hold a small exhibition of his own work from Sweden.
As part of the event there will also be a two-day seminar held at the DaCapo School of Crafts at the Goteborg University in Mariestad, where each of the visiting woodworkers will give a lecture on their work together with practical demonstrations.
The works created for, and made during the JoINT event will be exhibited in three separate venues throughout Sweden from June to December, 2008. The participants have also been asked to bring with them one piece of recent work made in the home country that will also be included in the exhibition. In David MacLaren and Mathew Harding’s case these works will remain in Sweden and be offered for sale, or will eventually remain in the collection of Brabdstedts TraGard Gallery in Mariestad.