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Events Upcoming

Talking Making

Wednesday, 19 June 2024
6.30 – 8pm

This event will be held at STEAMhouse,
Belmont Row, Birmingham, B4 7RQ

Pay what you feel/Free to EOP and STEAMhouse Members

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Join us for a conversation with designer Gareth Neal in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse.

Building from a simple invitation to think through what making means to him, Gareth will talk about digital crafting, perfection and imperfection, teaching a robot to crochet, and whether the hand always needs to be present in the digital handmade.

This is the latest in a series of events with leading artists, designers and makers held in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse and has been developed through a collaboration with Eastside Projects. The programme aims to open out new thinking and develop collective conversations around approaches to making.

Please note this event has been rescheduled from 8 May.


Gareth Neal is an East London-based furniture designer who, through material inventiveness and curiosity, has helped to shape a new era in contemporary British craft. Gareth is passionate about honouring people, process and place, working collaboratively to champion the use of indigenous materials and traditional processes. Gareth’s studio produces a variety of furniture pieces including seating, cabinetry and sculptural artworks, all with a focus on sustainability and respect to the environment.

As a hands-on designer and maker, Gareth is fascinated by processes, whether that be with traditional tools or the latest computer-controlled technology. This, combined with in-depth knowledge of historical techniques and aesthetics, gives his designs rich narratives and contextual reference points, while continually testing the limits of craft and design.

Find out more about Gareth HERE