13 - 20 August 2015 The Maker Library Network will present a live exhibition, curated by GRAS’ Gunnar Groves-Raines and Gayfield’s John Ennis. The exhibition will integrate making, showing and reading into one creative space, bringing together projects and objects created across the network over the last year. Visitors will be invited to read, observe and participate in the process of making during a lively programme of collaborative, open workshops. Makers will include Heath Nash, Thingking, Jonathan Freemantle from Cape Town, MakerSpace from Durban, Vifill Magnusson from Reykjavik, Elegant Embellishments from Berlin, Machines Room from London, Panel from Glasgow and Tim Taylor, Felicity Bristow, Makeworks, Jay surfboards and GRAS from Edinburgh.
The Maker Library Network
The Maker Library Network is a British Council project that connects designers and makers internationally. A Maker Library is a creative space for making, showing and reading, containing three key elements of a makespace, a gallery and a library, connected via an online platform. Through these unique networked spaces makers swap skills, share resources, exchange ideas and take part in mentoring sessions. There are now over a dozen Maker Libraries and the ambition is to extend the network globally including plans for Maker Libraries in Nigeria, Mexico and Turkey.
The Maker Library Network concept was created and developed by Daniel Charny and From Now On in collaboration with the British Council. The project was initiated through the British Council's Connect ZA programme which forms part of the SA-UK seasons 2014 & 2015 a partnership between the British Council and the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa.