The status of textiles as an art medium is highly ambivalent. Traditionally, they have been situated on the margins, in a borderland between art and craft.
Since the 1960s, a growing body of contemporary art demonstrates a new engagement with the materials and techniques of crafts, particularly textiles, raising questions about the value of the handmade in the digital age. This show will include artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Ghada Amer and Kimsooja who use textiles as a powerful tool for expressing ideas about the social, political and artistic.
Art_Textiles - runs 10 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. Free Entry.
Saturday Supplement: Art_Textiles
10 October, 11am-4pm
A day of special tours and conversations to launch our Art_Textiles exhibition. Renowned American artists, Faith Wilding and Elaine Reichek, join other artists and curators to spark ideas and debate from the themes addressed in the show, from textiles as feminist critique to identity politics.
11am: Artist and curator tour of Art_Textiles
12.30pm: Faith Wilding and Elaine Reichek lead an informal discussion about the exhibition themes
3pm: Artist and curator tour of Art_Textiles
Free, no booking required. Spaces are limited so come early to avoid disapointment.