The creative tension between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas, provides the starting point for CTRL/Shift, the latest exhibition from The 62 Group of Textile Artists.The exhibition enables participating artists to explore projects which manifest as transformations in their practice.
CTRL/Shift will take shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies.
The exhibition comprises over thirty artworks by 25 artists, including carefully selected outcomes from a collaboration between three artists who reflected on and were inspired by each other’s work. The artists are (UK unless otherwise noted): Imogen Aust, Caroline Bartlett, Heather Belcher, Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary), Lucy Brown, Penny Burnfield, Nigel Cheney, Daisy Collingridge, Isobel Currie, Flox den Hartog Jager (Netherlands), Catherine Dormor, Dawn Dupree, Caren Garfen, Emily Jo Gibbs, Ann Goddard, Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, Hannah Lamb, Debbie Lyddon, Jae Maries, Sian Martin, Jane McKeating, Sumi Perera, Shuna Rendel, Vanessa Rolf, Sue Stone.
Artworks vary greatly in scale from seven metres long to a few centimetres high; they are wall-hung, floor based, on plinths, two and three dimensional. Works incorporate traditional textile and fibre techniques such as hand and machine embroidery, felting, printing, collage and basketry; but also include digital print, laser cutting, working with found objects including hair, cosmetics, scrap metal and dolls’ house furniture. Several also employ ceramics, as well as metal, stone, wood, plastic and perspex, refuting any notions that textile art is only about careful stitching on fine fabrics
The exhibition concept has been developed in partnership with the 62 Group and independent curator Liz Cooper.
The 62 Group is an artist led organisation which aims to incorporate and challenge the boundaries of textile practice through an ambitious and innovative annual programme of exhibitions and events. Since its establishment in 1962 some of the most highly regarded British & International textile artists have been members of the group.
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is a contemporary arts centre set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park. A hub of creativity and learning, MAC offers over 120 creative courses alongside film, theatre, free exhibitions and performances for children, young people and adults. With four performance auditoria including an outdoor arena, rehearsal and media studios, a cinema, visual art galleries, café and bar, MAC presents a broad range of contemporary work from both emerging and established artists across genres. Fully accessible - the venue offers free wi-fi and a range of rooms for hire for meetings, conferences, performances and rehearsals.