Anne Morell: Chasing Tensions
Constance Howard Gallery 19 Jan 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
New and recent textile work, emerging from a lifelong pursuit of an understanding of stitch and textile.
After 50 years away from Goldsmiths, textile artist and scholar Anne Morrell returns to the Constance Howard Gallery to present her work in a significant exhibition. Anne’s artistic practice is characterised by an ongoing interest in chasing tensions and changing states – in processes or materials that are constantly shifting and moving. The particular type of mark-making that Anne enlists is a product of her extensive knowledge and research across Indian textiles and British embroidery. Her work reflects a drive to arrive at an elaboration or expression of ‘stitch’ that defies categorisation, taking apart preconceptions of hand stitch within specific cultural or institutional contexts.
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Clementine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos: Christine Risley Award Winner 2017
Constance Howard Gallery 29 Sept - 8 Dec 2017
The Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery are pleased to host an exhibition of works by the winner of the Christine Risley Award 2017, Clémentine Marie Jeanne Durand-Bedos.
The award was made in recognition of the strength of her performance work Contagious Hystories, performed during the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show. An associated film will be on exhibit at the Constance Gallery, along with photographic documentation by the audience and garments hand-made by the artist.
Contagious Hystories, sensitively dealt with ideas around the divided self, drawing upon the relationship between textile and the body to physically and spatially describe the emergence of two separate identities from a whole through the duration of a 1.30 hour performance. Utilising digital, and screen printing in combination with cyanotype processes, the hand-made garments, which draw on personal, family and cultural histories, embody this metamorphosis.
The performance was held in an autonomous temporary structure on ‘disused’ land in New Cross, from which travellers were recently evicted. Asking the audience to climb over a wall into this confined space, required them to enact the experience of displacement whilst creating a sense of inclusion through the intimacy of the shared experience.
Sally Waterman: Waves – Journey – Voyage
Special Collections 16 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
The Women's Art Library is pleased to extend the showing of this display that surveys the work of Sally Waterman (MA Image and Communication Alumni 1995-1996) contextualized by showing her archives from the Women's Art Library and the box edition of the group exhibition "Voyage Boxed". It includes The Waves (1996) a series of photograph/text works based on Virginia Woolf’s novel, which reflected upon her move from the countryside to the city.
"Journey Home" (2002-2003) is a photographic diary of a series of ritualistic journeys made over a five-month period between London Waterloo station and Ryde Pier Head, Isle of Wight, which was originally commissioned as an installation for a group exhibition and then made into a modular bookwork.
"February" (2011) traces the artist’s catamaran sea journey to the Isle of Wight to attend the funeral of a family friend, with the fleeting seascape representative of her confrontation with loss. This video was featured in "Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts" at Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany in 2013, and was subsequently turned into a concertina bookwork for Voyage Boxed (2014) which features editions from all of the exhibition artists.
Sally Waterman: Waves – Journey – Voyage
Talking Textiles: ‘The Kenyan Kanga Textile: Cross-Cultural Influences from India’ by Jasleen Kandhari
Constance Howard Gallery 29 Sep 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Talking Textiles is a get-together for anybody interested in textiles and curious to find out more about the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. A small selection of textiles from the Collection is available for viewing and discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery. For those keen to be involved further, there is the opportunity to research a chosen textile and to share findings or questions at the following session.
This session on ‘Cross-Cultural Textiles: Indian influences’ will be led by Jasleen Kandhari, Lecturer, Indian Textiles & Dress at University of Oxford and PhD Scholarship Candidate on the Indian textiles trade to Kenya.
Following the handling session in the Gallery, Jasleen Kandhari will deliver a talk on ‘The Kenyan Kanga Textile: Cross-Cultural Influences from India’ with examples of textiles from her own collection for viewing. The event will end with tea and coffee, during which participants are invited to continue the discussion and share their own projects.
Talking Textiles and talk on ‘The Kenyan Kanga Textile: Cross-Cultural Influences from India’ by Jasleen Kandhari
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