In June I was absolutely thrilled to hear that I had been shortlisted for the Fine Art Textile Award 2022.
For those that are unfamiliar with the Award the FATA is an international juried exhibition that is held annually. As well as showing at the Festival of Quilts the exhibition is also shown at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London (6 – 9 October) and Harrogate (17 – 20 November).
The award judges said: “Following rigorous selection, the final award shorlist presents the very best in cutting edge work. The Fine Art Textile Award is a unique exhibition which seeks to demonstrate the high standards of expression and skill in the artistic medium of conceptual textiles today. We were pleased to see a wide spectrum of approaches across textile mediums and techniques reflected in the 160 works submitted.”
Leeds Summer Group Show 2022
Over the summer Peg Plan Study II was selected for the Leeds Summer Group Show. This is an annual group show that Court Spencer began in 2015. 198 artists from all over the world submitted works in response to the open call out and from these 45 were selected to be part of the exhibition. The Leeds based selection panel included: Dr Laura Claveria -a curator at Leeds Art Gallery who is responsible for the works on paper collection and the Leeds Picture Library, an art loaning scheme. Lorna Johnson -a Leeds based artist working across a range of materials to make sculptural objects, installations, assemblages, collage and photography. She is currently doing a practice-led PhD at Leeds University. Georgina Maud -has a background in landscape management, art history and business, and is head of Arts and Creative Development for the Leeds property developers Rushbond. Rosie Vohra -a Leeds based artist who has exhibited widely, was included in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 and is a founding member of Leeds-based Precious Art Collective. Court Spencer -an Australian artist, curator and collaborator who founded the Leeds Summer Group Show. She has been working in Leeds since 2005. Court says “It really is a joyful and eclectic exhibition that celebrates contemporary artists working across a range of mediums and styles. The exhibition will also be available online via http://www.courtspencer.com.” Ref: https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/events/leeds-summer-group-show/
i gam o gam
The first exhibition of 2022 took place at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales. The exhibition, i gam o gam, was open during February and showcased fantastic works by 25 artists from across the UK who work in weave, print and alternative photography.
The venue, Stiwdio Maelor, was established in July 2014 by Australian artist Veronica Calarco to provide residency opportunities for artists and writers from the UK and other parts of the world. Do check out the website https://stiwdiomaelor.com
I’m pleased to have three works selected for this group exhibition running from 21 – 31 October 2021 at The Art Pavilion, London.
As part of the new exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills – Material Matters (supported with funding from Arts Council England) I have been invited to deliver a one day workshop.
Participants will create their own hand cast jesmonite art using moulds they will have made from mill artifact and the surface of the mill buildings.
This is an explorative and experimental workshop where you will learn about jesmonite, a lightweight eco alternative to concrete, to create your own single use clay mould, cast jesmonite and finish the piece.
There are ‘bricks and mortar’ exhibitions still out there waiting for national restrictions to be lifted and visitors welcomed. Hopefully not too long before we can all get a much needed ‘art fix’ in a real building.
I have two pieces showing in Fabric of the North at Kirkleatham Museam. The museum is lovely and worth spending a couple of hours there. It’s not far from Saltburn-On-Sea, a lovely victorian spa town, and just down the road is Redcar where you can find the Palace Art Gallery. If restrictions permit it’s worth making a day out of it.
Fabric of the North brings together works by members of the British Tapestry Group, in a range of styles and techniques, large and small, with a single theme: our Northern heritage. The exhibition is open now at Kirkleatham Museum, a magnificent Queen Anne building near Redcar in Teesside (UK).
The exhibition has been extended until 30 April 2021. Travel restrictions may be in place so please do check before visiting.
I am taking part in Chapel Allerton Art Trail from 4 – 6 September. Do come along and walk the trail. It’s free and Covid safe as all the Art is visible from the street. Download a map here http://chapelallerton.org.uk/art-trail/
‘T’ is for Textiles is a new exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary textile art across the North and Scotland. Featuring work across a diverse range of styles and techniques, the exhibition also touches on the textile heritage of the North.