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DoESLiverpool, Desktop Prosthetics, 2015. Photo by Stephen King.

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing

Opening in June 2015, Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing explores the connections between craft, technology and community. From 3D printing prosthetics, to handing over your garden to a robot, these four new commissions showcase the potential of skill-sharing and collaborative making in the real world.

Will Shannon and Turner Prize 2015 nominees Assemble’s Homework will set up a concrete casting factory in the backyard of a newly refurbished house in Toxteth, Liverpool, turning construction waste into mantelpieces to be installed in refurbished houses.

Linda Brothwell will restore missing letters in iconic building signs in Liverpool with a new handcrafted alphabet that combines traditional English and Polish Wycinanki designs for her project Acts of Care: The Lost Letters of Liverpool.

Rachel Rayns’ project Neurotic Machines, developed with the Raspberry Pi Foundation will show us how an ‘Internet of Things’ machine – a Raspberry Pi greenhouse - can help us take care of our gardens.

The hacker and entrepreneur community DoES Liverpool will set up a production line of 3D printers at FACT for their project Desktop Prosthetics, supplying the components for prosthetic hands for local people with real needs, and invite visitors to get involved in testing and building the prosthetics.

The wide range of projects that fit under the Build Your Own umbrella show that the nature of craft and DIY has changed drastically. The ability to make clothes, furniture and other household goods used to be absolutely necessary to provide for the family, but nowadays we are just as likely to create a website as to knit a sweater. New times call for new skills - but the old ones have an important role too. This exhibition will explore what the democratisation of digital tools really means, whom the emergence of new technologies will affect, and how traditional craft skills can connect with new digital tools.

Curated by curator and cultural programme director Lauren Parker and creative communications company Thirteen Ways. Exhibition design by Simon and Tom Bloor, with 2D design by An Endless Supply.

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing will tour to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 3 October 2015 – 3 January 2016, where the artists will work with local communities and develop their artworks further.

A Crafts Council and FACT exhibition, in association with Norfolk Museums Service. With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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