7UP is a free talkfest for all with a stake in New Zealand's craft sector. It is a unique opportunity for makers, designers, students, teachers, collectors and organisations to learn about sector successes, stories and changes. 7UP includes evening talks and installations and concludes with sector leaders assessing our field, its wider environment and future. 7UP marks the completion of over seven years of programmed activity at Objectspace.
In 2011 Creative New Zealand offered funding to Objectspace through its brand-new Arts Leadership Programme for our presentation and publishing programmes. Objectspace is the only organisation operating in our sector that receives Arts Leadership Programme funding, which is a recognition of our key role in the sector. Our purpose is to position making - principally in the fields of craft, applied arts and design - within a range of cultural, economic and social frameworks in order to provoke new assessments about the making, functioning and value of works and practices.
7UP is an opportunity to discuss issues and opportunities within the wider current environment and their impact for Objectspace and the rest of the New Zealand craft sector. Objectspace has organised a great line up of speakers including: Brian Parkes (AUS), Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins, Warwick Freeman, Linda Tyler, Deborah Crowe and Emma Ward (CNZ).
Objectspace will be open 12 to 9pm from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June, and 12 to 5pm Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June.