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Cockpit Arts Turners Award Recipient, Darren Appiagyei to Showcase at The Forge

Opening times:

15th September 7pm – 11pm, preview night

16th to 23rd September, daily 11am – 5pm

Location: Craft Central, E14 3AE London


Over London Design Festival Darren Appiagyei, one of a new generation of wood turners, will be showcasing a range of his work at Craft Central. an alumni of Camberwell College of Arts, Darren uses willow, oak burr, oak, cherry, spalted beech and a banksia nut to create beautiful tactile pieces. He relishes the natural imperfections; be they cracks, knots or lack of symmetry. Woodturning for Darren is about embracing a material, understanding it’s qualities and enhancing the intrinsic beauty of the wood.

Find Darren’s work in room 102 at The Forge

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We are a provider of studios and workshops, desks and co-working spaces, run an exhibitions and events programme and classes and workshops. And we provide business support and offer opportunities to exhibit and sell fine craft products; and our Network of designer-makers enables craftspeople to link with colleagues in the wider craft community. Craft Central


Darren graduated from his 3D Design degree at Camberwell College of Arts in 2016 and immediately applied for a space at Cockpit Arts.

Initially I applied for the Radcliffe Award, but having seen my work, Cockpit advised me to apply for the Turners’ Award instead. At the time I was doing a variety of different things, so I hadn’t really considered it but when I saw the Turners’ Award I realised that was what I was looking for. 

I’d like to become known for a particular style, so for now I’m concentrating on developing my craft and creating a legacy, something to pass on to someone else and inspire other people,” Darren says. “I came to woodturning by accident but I now know that I want to be part of the new generation of woodturners.

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