Cut Cloth: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism

Cut Cloth is an exhibition, publication and series of workshops that examine the shifting role of textiles within contemporary feminist art practices. Cut Cloth contemplates the rise in popularity of art textiles and the impact on its value as a specifically feminist mode of expression. Once a belittled and marginalized
medium, it was a radical act [in itself] to bring women’s work into the gallery space. Artists looked to both subvert and celebrate textiles in order to disrupt the very
femininities that it played a role in constructing. This project of reclamation and elevation is by no means finished- textiles still sit in an ambiguous space between art,
craft, private and public space. However the increasing popularity and commercialisation of textiles, and of feminism in art and culture must be reflected upon. Cut Cloth looks toward strategies that respond to these new challenges, drawing upon feminist legacies whilst acknowledging the shifting politics of cloth in contemporary culture.

Exhibiting Artists: Hannah Hill, Katie Lundie, Rebecca Halliwel Sutton, Sarah-Joy Ford, Sophie King, Eleanor Edwardes, Orly Cogan, Wendy Huhn, Tilleke Schwarz &
Bethan Hughes.

Exhibition: 9th June – 5th July at The Portico Library, Manchester

Contributing Writers: Professor Janis Jefferies, Elizabeth Emery, Charlotte Cullen, Dr Julia Skelly, Dr Alexandra Kokoli, Dr Christine Checinska, Gill Crawshaw, Jesse Harrod, Peninna Barnett & Dr Jennifer Harris.
The project is led by Sarah-Joy Ford and is kindly supported by Arts Council England, The Portico Library and The Whitworth Art Gallery. For more information please visit: cutcloth.co.uk

Sophie King - You Lied Rose Embroidery
Sophie King – You Lied Rose Embroidery

Program of Events

Anything goes: Feminism in contemporary textiles and my quirky embroidery with Tilleke Schwarz
Date: Friday 9th June
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Location: The Portico Library
Free

Cut Cloth: Exhibition Private View
Date: Friday 9th June
Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
Location: The Portico Library
Free

Workshop: ‘Making Space: in your head for work’ with Tilleke Schwarz
Date: Saturday 10th June
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: The Portico Library
£55 per person, limited places available

Workshop: Feminist Collaborative Knitting with Helen Davies
Date: Saturday 17th June
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: The Portico Library
Free, drop in anytime

Exploring the Textile Archive: Feminist Legacies with Uthra Rajgopal
Date: Thursday 6th July
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Whitworth Art Gallery
Free

Cut Cloth: Publication Launch curated by COLLAR
Date: Thursday 6th July
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Whitworth Art Gallery
Free

Don’t blow it: Handkerchief Workshop with Sarah Corbett
Date: Saturday 8th July
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: The Portico Library
£20 per person, limited places available

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