exhibition curated by Lesley Millar
The touring exhibition TEXTURAL SPACE: contemporary Japanese textile art, has been an extremely successful project. It has achieved all its target objectives and has received a huge, appreciative response from the public with 83,415 visitors during its eight-month tour of the UK. The exhibition opened in April as one of the first events of ĎJapan 2001í, divided between four venues in the South East of England: The James Hockey Gallery Farnham, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Maidstone Library Gallery and Rochester Art Gallery. At this time, in a de-consecrated church in Brighton, Machiko Aganoís breathtaking 15m x 10m x 4m hand knitted installation, made from fishing wire, stainless steel wire and hand made paper, attracted an overwhelming, record, 25,000 visitors. Kyoko Kumai has generously donated her work, shown at Rochester Guildhall, to the Medway Council permanent collection and it will be on long-term display from later in 2002.
In July and August, at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, the extraordinary synthesis between art and architecture at this venue attracted visitors from throughout the UK., Europe, Australia, North America and Japan. In Manchester, to coincide with the showing at The Whitworth Art Gallery, TEXTURAL SPACE entered into partnership with Arts and Business and MUJI. Kyoko Kumai created a stunning installation of her stainless steel fabrics within the MUJI store in the city centre.
The education programme has been fully subscribed throughout the tour, and the Teachers Pack was reprinted three times. At The Whitworth Art Gallery every slot for every day from September to November was taken. Practitioners, critics, teachers and students from all over the UK., Europe and Japan attended two major conferences, at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
The beautifully designed catalogue, has been purchased equally by the general public and those who have research requirements. The TEXTURAL SPACE website www.texturalspace.com has proved extremely popular and a useful means of disseminating information. TEXTURAL SPACE has received positive coverage in 42 magazines, 13 national and 43 regional newspapers. As originating organisation, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, is delighted with the high profile the exhibition has received from the press and the public.
Now that TEXTURAL SPACE has completed its tour, a new cycle is beginning, funded through the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and The Arts and Humanities Research Board. This project will bring Japanese and UK textile practitioners together in one project under a mentoring scheme allowing emerging artists in one country to work with established artists in the other and this will culminate in the setting up of an Anglo-Japanese Textile Research Centre at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design.
At the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Chika Ohgi took up a 14 day residency. The Centre provided a studio space and during this time she created a response to the building and the permanent collection. To do this she used silk threads from an obi which she dipped, at intervals, in paper pulp. She ran two workshops in which participants contributed to the work. The threads were then weighted and hung across the mezzanine floor. The resulting installation was one of beautiful understatement, responding to and echoing the Foster building. The perfectly weighted threads turned slightly in the wind and as they did the paper fragments caught the light and then disappeared.
At The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, Koji Takaki took up an 18 day residency based within the Galleryís public space. He created a response to the building which was sited in the grounds at the front of Gallery. He worked every day in the Gallery and responded to the public. Manchester Metropolitan University provided facilities for him and student assistance. The work, hung outside on two scaffolding constructions, provided a framework for the building, the material, cotton providing a link with Manchesterís textile history.
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