Cork Textiles Network International Exhibition 2010 :
“Movement and Repetition”, Subscription Rooms , Stroud May 2010
CTN was invited to participate in the 2010 Stroud International Textiles Festival. The Stroud Festival has quickly become one of Britain’s foremost Textile events celebrating contemporary textiles and related arts. The CTN is most grateful to the Crafts Council of Ireland for supporting this venture.
A juried selection of work from the members of CTN was transported to Stroud and hung in the prestigious location at the heart of the festival- the Subscription Rooms. Angela O’Kelly was invited to show work with CTN and all work was presented to the highest standard.
Figure 1 Sir Christopher Frayling opening the SIT Festival
The work had a very high impact on the festival and firmly placed CTN on the international stage. Approxmately 12 thousand members of the public viewed the work and for the full month of May the show was invigilated by SIT volunteers. During this time CTN postcards, and smaller work was sold by the invigilators. All members were invited to submit smaller works on 8X8 inch canvases which were sold in the Subscription Rooms.
The venue allocated to the CTN exhibition was an excellent gallery space located in central Stroud at the heart of the events taking place. The Sub Rooms is a council owned venue where all members of staff were most helpful in all respects during the setting up of the exhibition.
Festival events included : The Shop Window Project where 17 local shops embraced the festival by hosting the work of textile students from various colleges; a weekend conference, 6 independent exhibitions, talks and open studios, and work of artist in residence Deirdre Nelson in response to the Stroud Museum collections.
CTN shared the gallery space with Chrome Yellow Books – a specialist bookshop where the most up to date comtemporary textile and many unusual publications were on sale. This enhanced the chance of more people viewing the work as Chrome is a particularly popular and well known book shop.
An 8 page folding to A5 brochure (- quantity 2000) was produced to accompany the CTN show. SIT themselves produced a festival catalogue - 20000 were produced and distributed in 2 weeks! CTN was well featured in the SIT brochure, with workshops from Lesley Stothers, Helen Clarence, Eva Muhlebach and Emer Fahy well advertised.
Figure 2 Preparing for Helen's Workshop in The Big Brother House!
Experienced workshop presenters Lesley Stothers, Helen Clarence, Helen Stringer and Eva Muhlebach gave high quality workshops during the event on a wide variety of topics. The workshops were very successful however not all workshops were full and perhaps needed a little more advertising! The ladies represented the CTN as a professional group in a manner that everyone would be proud of - well done girls!!
The Director of the event Lizzi Walton, encouraged visiting groups to network by organizing an evening event where many people who were involved with the festival were invited. As well as meeting many makers involved in Stroud, we met with members of the Studio 7 workshops (group who incorporate performance with contemporary textiles based in Stroud) and the Shetland Islands Hi –Arts (Highlands and Islands of Scotland –supporting 400 makers with a range of programmes and opportunities). The Shetland group are said to be interested in setting up a similar event to Stroud in Shetland so watch this space – we look forward to hearing more…This evening was well worthwhile and indeed should be an integral part of any event organised in this space.
We regarded this event as a great success for CTN raising awareness in the UK of the work of the group whilst highlighting the many projects that we undertake. It served to enhance the profile of the CTN in England and in particular the CTN members who delivered workshops. We hope that this will be the start of many future exchanges and collaborations.
Here is a small sample of some photos that I took when in Stroud.
Figure 3 CTN Display in The Sub Rooms Stroud, note the high ceilings!!
Figure 4 Work of Frances Leach and Christina Roser on display
Figure 5 Deirdre Nelson setting up her swing ball installation
Figure 6 Embroidered tennis ball by Deirdre Nelson
Figure 7 Dry needle felt by Annie Hutchinson – amazing !!
Figure 8 Installation by Henny Burnett
Figure 9 Mosaic Installation by Cleo Mussi
Figure 10 Weaving by Jo Barker
Figure 11 Installation at the Studio 7 Workshop