"Contemporary craft is about making things. It is an intellectual and physical activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects. To see craft is to enter a world of wonderful things which can be challenging, beautiful, sometimes useful, tactile, extraordinary; and to understand and enjoy the energy and care which has gone into their making."
Director, Crafts Council
Taste celebrates the best in contemporary craft
We consider the contemporary craft market an exciting but relatively untapped segment of the art world. The ever-expanding desire to acquire what is 'new' in art may induce scepticism, but we believe the somewhat overlooked craft space offers collectors a wealth of stimulating
new experiences and opportunities. We want to challenge perceptions and encourage a wider appreciation among collectors for contemporary artists working in the craft tradition.
We champion the work of craft artists who push the boundaries. We include artists across all craft disciplines many of whom are already established with works in museums and private collection, as well as up-and-coming artists. Foremost, we are committed to promoting important and
innovative craft that is exciting, intriguing and challenges our assumptions about what is possible.
Taste will stage at least one major European exhibition annually that highlights a broad selection of craft disciplines. Taste will also host more exclusive thematic events throughout the year with a focus on specific artists or disciplines. Our ambition is to be a premier source for cutting-edge contemporary craft.
Monique studied law at the University of Amsterdam. She began her career in music as an artist-manager and moved to London where she worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wigmore Hall. In 2008, after relocating to Geneva and a stint with the Verbier Festival, Monique decided to pursue her passion for craft professionally; in 2012 she founded Taste Contemporary Craft. In 2015, artgenève appointed Monique as their Contemporary Craft Expert to help raise the profile of contemporary craft at both artgenève and its sister exposition, arte-montecarlo. Monique was a guest speaker at the Craft Trend Fair 2015 in Seoul, South Korea and served as a jurist in choosing their “Artist of the Year.”
Since 2002 Brian has been a consultant and curator working in both the craft and design sectors. Between 2002 and 2010 he curated a series of major exhibitions for the Crafts Council of Ireland. More recently Brian worked closely with Contemporary Applied Arts on the move to their new London Gallery as well as curating a series of exhibitions for the first year of their programming.
Brian works with state agencies, museums, galleries and private companies to develop strategies, organise exhibitions and build collections within the craft and design areas.
Elske studied Art History and as a graduate joined the worldwide advertising agency network BBDO in New York City. In 1986 Elske relocated to London and joined branding consultants Wolff Olins. In 1990 she moved to the WPP global network company Enterprise IG where she became a Director and worked with a variety of multinationals and private companies on their corporate branding programmes. More recently, Elske has worked as a freelance brand communication consultant.
Individuals whose independent advice and continued support has been invaluable to the success of Taste:
- Marc Blondeau - Blondeau & Cie
- Jean Pierre Boissonnas - Financial Advisor & Owner Patrimoine Network
- Taide Guajardo - Marketing Director, Procter & Gamble
- Isabelle Naef Galuba - Director, Museum Ariana, Switzerland’s national museum
for Ceramic & Glass
- Maria van Kesteren - Artist
- Jean-Luc Olivié - Senior Glass Curator for Museum Arts Decoratifs, Paris
- Loa Haagen Pictet - Curator of Collection Pictet & Cie
- Ruth Züblin - Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Aevis Victoria SA