Upcoming Exhibitions and Events around the UK – old

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

The Fashion & Textile Museum London

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The Knit & Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace

10 -13 October 2013

As the name suggests, it covers knitting and stitching but SO much more; crochet, embroidery, patchwork and quilting, felt-making, shibori dyeing, jewellery-making, card-making, felt, embossing… the list goes on! There is so much to see and do you’ll find it hard to fit everything into one day; hundreds of exhibitors selling specialist supplies that you can’t find in the shops, galleries from leading artists and groups, plus hundreds of workshops to introduce you to lots of new subjects! There are lots of initiatives for anyone who wants to get started with crafts, so whether you like to cross stitch in your spare time or you’re a mixed media artist with a studio, The Knitting and Stitching Shows are not to be missed.

Kaffe Fassett Knitwear Exhibition at the National Wool Museum (Wales)

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March 8th – November 2nd 2013

Running alongside the exhibition of Kaffe Fassett’s quilts at The Welsh Quilt Centredeb9f9efc56ef2a940bdf0d58ccaad5c_M-365988a7a92c919f88461b68ddcf6bcf in Lampeter will be an exhibition of his knitwear at the nearby National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre near Newcastle Emlyn. This is an unmissable opportunity to see two aspects of his work in the glorious setting of West Wales. The National Wool Museum, part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, is housed in the former Cambrian Mills, an industrial woollen mill in the Teifi Valley, which was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry. Today, the Museum, which has free entry, celebrates the story of wool, from fleece to fabric, with working machinery, tours, and a variety of both permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays. It is therefore with great pleasure that the Museum hosts this exhibition of Kaffe Fassett’s bold and beautiful knitwear designs.

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Cloth and Memory 2 at the Salts Mill 

CLOTH & MEMORY 2: OPENING 18th AUGUST 2013

Cloth holds the memory of our time and connects us with the memories of other times and other places…

Cloth and Memory {2} is a site-specific exhibition located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Salts Mill, Saltaire Yorkshire UK, which is also an anchor point in the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The exhibition features 23 artists drawn from a UK and international cohort and runs from August 18th to November 3rd 2013.

Cloth and Memory 2 builds on knowledge gained in our first exhibition, however it is a very different experience. It takes place in the original Spinning Room (known as The Lobby), which at 168m x 16m, when first built was thought to be the largest industrial room in the world. Apart from a new roof, it has not been restored or refurbished, and is not normally open to the public. The extraordinary internal architecture with its peeling walls and floors still retain the marks and smells of its original use.

An international group of artists were invited to visit Salts in order to propose work as a response to the site. From these proposals 23 artists were selected: 14 from the UK, 7 from Japan, 1 from Germany, 1 from Norway, representing emerging, early career and established artists. All the work engages with the palpable history of place that is evident at Salts Mill and The Lobby in particular, and range from large scale interventions in space to highly intimate placings within the fabric of the building.

‘A Sensitive Art’ by the British Tapestry Group

Quilt Museum and Gallery (York)

6th September – 30th November 2013

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A Sensitive Art is the latest exhibition by the British Tapestry Group featuring a wide range of contemporary woven tapestry interpreting the theme of touch and texture.

Contemporary tapestry is an exciting art form. Today’s weavers combine the traditional skills of the medieval weaver with an exciting range of materials, shapes, textures and images to create their work. Tapestry is a slow art and many of the large pieces in the exhibition will have taken months to complete.

British Tapestry Group welcomes UK and international tapestry weavers as members.

It aims to promote woven tapestry through exhibitions, networking and regional support groups.

www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk

SSR FINAL_Page_1The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth 29-30 November 2013

Venue: Sackler Centre for arts education, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Keynote Speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds

The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth will explore the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984)[i] and two landmark exhibitions from 1988[ii] that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.

The first afternoon of the event will reflect on the art and feminist debates of the 1970s and 80s from which the exhibitions emerged. It will conclude with a keynote presentation by Professor Griselda Pollock, whose collaborative work with Parker during that period produced key feminist art texts. The second day explores the politics of cloth now, focusing on current activity by both women and men that addresses ethical, social and global issues, and on cloth as a subversive strategy.