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Cloth & Culture NOW

A new project led by Lesley Millar, who, with the University College for the Creative Arts, also organised the textile projects ‘Textural Space’, ‘Through the Surface’ and ’21:21 – the textile vision of Reiko Sudo and NUNO’.

These projects have concentrated on textile practice in the UK and Japan. Cloth & Culture NOW has extended the research to include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, alongside Japan and the UK and culminated in a major publication and exhibition. A selection of the work will be shown at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, 84 Gloucester Place, London W1U 6AU from January 23rd – February 19th 2009. more>

The Textile Artists in Estonia The Textile Artists in Japan The Textile Artists in Latvia
The Textile Artists in Lithuania The Textile Artists in the UK The Textile Artists in Finland

Cloth & Culture NOW highlights exciting and innovative contemporary textile practice from areas where there has been a strong tradition of textile linked to specific cultural identity. The work of these contemporary practitioners reflects that cultural specificity while also responding to cross-cultural and trans-national influences.

35 artists, from the 6 countries, have taken part in the project, contributing personal statements to the website about the role of textile within their lives.

A major book documenting their practice plus in depth interviews with each of the participants and essays contributed by textile experts from each of the countries is now available from the University College for the Creative Arts, and from January 29th also from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The exhibition Cloth & Culture NOW was shown at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, from January 29th to June 1st 2008 and attracted record-breaking audiences – 6,000 in the first 3 weeks.

The exhibition was shown at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester from September 17th until December 14th 2008. From January 23rd – February 19th 2009 The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in London exhibited the Lithuanian work from Cloth & Culture Now.

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