The wonderful Huckleberry Films (@huckleberryfilms) have created a walk through film of the Banner Culture exhibition, which was part of this years British Textile Biennial - the link is in our bio if you would like to have a look.
The song on the video is by the fantastic Commoners Choir (@commonerschoir) and was recorded at the exhibition in Brierfield Mill. Once again, a big thank you to everyone who let us exhibit their banners, and for visitors who came along to see the exhibition. 📷: Richard Tymon (@richtymon)
Visit Community Clothing’s pop up shop in Manchester to bag some amazing items. You’ll also be able to see Aaron Dunleavy’s (@aarondunleavy) film, which was made in collaboration with Community Clothing, whilst you are there - win win! ~ #repost@community_clothing ・・・ Did you know we are having a pop-up store in Manchester starting today for two weeks? Located at 58 King Street you can find a collection of your favourite CC items and also some brand new stock! ⠀ ⠀ Open from:⠀ Tues- Sat 10am – 6pm⠀ Sun- 11am – 5pm⠀ (closed on Monday)⠀ ⠀ *Please note that our Blackburn store will be closed temporarily whilst we are at the Manchester Pop up as we are only a small team! ⠀ ⠀ #madeinbritain#madeinblackburn#clothing#communityclothing#sustainablefashion#ethicalfashion
Next Saturday 23rd! The British Textile Biennial may be over, but the Katab: Quilting Stories workshops, with artist Emma Sumner (@emmasumnerart), have been extended.
Join Emma at Blackburn Museum (@blackburnmuseum) to make your own Katab patch and contribute to the Blackburn Community Quilt which, once completed, will join the Museum's collection. No experience necessary and all materials provided. 12-4.45pm!
Some more images have been uploaded from Artist in Residence Jamie Holman’s (@jamie_holman_studio) Once Upon A Time in the North West event in Blackburn - the full album is on our Facebook page @blakeymoor@bwdcouncil
Image credit: Richard Tymon Photography (@richtymon)
Eggs Collective - Material performance in Accrington Market Hall (@accringtonmarket) as part of the British Textile Biennial, celebrating 150 years of the market. Find the full album on Facebook. Image credit: Richard Tymon Photography (@richtymon)
Fantastic images from Mr Gatty’s Experiment Shed on the 26th. Artist Claire Wellesley-Smith (@cwellesleysmith) explored the layered histories of a former industrial site in Accrington, East Lancashire, the purpose built ‘experiment shed’ of F.A Gatty, 19th century textile industrialist and dye innovator.
In the bicentenary year of Gatty’s birth this new interdisciplinary work, created through an authentic engagement and co-production process with local residents, produced an installation in this unique space. It allowed a re-imagining of the physical ephemera of the industry and the raw materials that drove it. A focus on the heritage of the madder plant, slow growing, entangled and embedded in the place added to the sensory experience.
Image credit: Richard Tymon Photography (@richtymon)
We’d like to say an extra special thank you to Susan (@suzieb51) for her fantastic work as Volunteer Coordinator during the Biennial - she has been an absolute star and asset to us, and we couldn’t have done it without her (or any of our volunteers). 📷: Susan taking part in @paintthetown_2019
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It's a wrap! The first ever British Textile Biennial is now over, and we'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved - the venues, artists, vendors, volunteers, students, funders, Arts Council England (@aceagrams) and National Lottery Heritage Fund (@heritagefunduk), partners and, of course, all of our visitors. Bring on 2021!
Lots more images to follow... Image credit: Richard Tymon Photography (@richtymon)
Join us in Blackburn Cathedral Crypt for free screen printing workshops with the wonderful GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (@girlsgirlsgirlss_) today until 4pm! Come along and see the T-Shirt: Cult | Culture | Subversion exhibition too - only here and in Prism (@prismcontemporary) until 5pm tomorrow.
Big thanks to Leon for volunteering with us at the T-Shirt: Cult | Culture | Subversion exhibition in Blackburn Cathedral today. This exhibition, which is also in Prism Contemporary (@prismcontemporary), closes its doors at 5pm this Sunday, so be sure to pay a visit if you haven’t already!
#repost@burnleysocial ・・・ “Girl Fans is a photo zine, which is filled with pictures of women and girls wearing team colours at their home grounds. I’ve focused on Northern clubs as we are a powerhouse when it comes to footie teams,” Jacqui told us.
Lovely image from Mr Gatty’s Experiment Shed last weekend with our fab festival photographer Richard Tymon (@richtymon), artist Claire Wellesley-Smith (@cwellesleysmith), artist Hannah Lamb (@hannahlambtextileartist), visitor Nicole and her daughter Sophia, and our fantastic volunteers. Thank you for sharing with us.
Visit Blackburn Museum (@blackburnmuseum) this weekend and discover the Katab: Quilting Stories exhibition which, since 2014, has worked with a group of women artisans in the migrant communities scattered across the city of Ahmedabad, Western India. Traditionally, women from these communities practised the craft of katab (applique), making domestic household decorations with recycled waste fabrics.
For the Biennial, the project brings a series of quilts created by its participants which are inspired by iconic films (both Hollywood and Bollywood) and Hindi TV series. The quilts are exhibited alongside items from the Museum’s South Asian collection including a quilt inspired by Gandhi’s 1931 visit to Lancashire by Lokesh Ghai (@ghailokesh), one of the project leaders, during his museum residency in 2012 as part of The Exchange Blackburn project.
Also this Saturday, join Katab’s project leader Emma Sumner (@emmasumnerart) at the museum to make your own Katab patch and contribute to the Blackburn Community Quilt which, once completed, will join the Museum’s collection. No experience necessary and all materials provided, 12-4.30pm.
Last chance to see the Art in Manufacturing series of work by artists Anna Ray (@annarayart), Raisa Kabir (@raisa_kabir_textiles_) and Daksha Patel in Queen Street Mill! Open today until Sunday 3rd November from 12-4pm.
Also in Queen Street Mill is artist Reetu Sattar's ‘Hell is White' film installation and the Heirloom exhibition created by researchers from UCLan (@uclanuni) and former cotton industry workers. Full details are on our website. ~ 📷: 1 & 2. Raisa Kabir 3. Work by Daksha Patel 4. ‘Hell is White’ by Reetu Sattar 5 & 6. Anna Ray and a piece from her Offcut series. 7 & 8. Heirloom exhibition Image credit: Richard Tymon Photography (@richtymon)
An Art in Manufacturing co-commission between the National Festival of Making @thefestivalofmaking and British Textile Biennial.
There have been lots of fabulous, creative workshops happening at The Bureau - Centre for the Arts (@bureaublackburn) during the British Textile Biennial, and the fun isn't over yet. Join them for their Clothes Swap event tomorrow in Blackburn. Clothes swaps are the easy way to update your wardrobe; it’s guilt free shopping with no cost to your wallet and great for the environment. Bring items you no longer wear and exchange them for something new-to-you!
For all the details visit the link in our bio.
Image credit: Richard Tymon Photography (@richtymon)
Tonight at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery (@blackburnmuseum)! Led by fashion historian, author and broadcaster Amber Butchart (@amberbutchart), this panel discussion with guests including Raisa Kabir (@raisa_kabir_textiles_), will explore how fashion and textiles is frequently used as a platform for protest, politics and self-expression. From utility workwear on the French boulevards to the re-emergence of the hoodie as the ‘ultimate symbol of exclusion and menace’, we articulate our ideas through what we choose to wear. The event includes a performance by Aziz Ibrahim (@azizibrahim56) of music created for his commission for the Peterloo Event.
A few places are remaining - Get your FREE ticket by visiting the link in our bio 🎫
Our next workshop with The British Textile Biennial is this Saturday! Come down and print a limited edition print with us or tote bag for FREE! Inspired by the history of the t-shirt as a canvas for political messages, we have created a series of political slogans to be screen printed onto both posters and tote bags.
Look out for our design on the official BTB t-shirt which are on sale in Community Clothing!
Dates: Saturday 2nd November Times: 12-5pm Venue: Blackburn Cathedral Crypt Entry: Free drop-in, no need to book
You have until the end of this Sunday to visit this stunning exhibition!
Shown at Gawthorpe Hall, Alice Kettle’s (@alicekettle) Thread Bearing Witness is a major series of large textiles that consider issues of cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement, while engaging with individual migrants and their creativity within the wider context of the global refugee crisis. Open from 12-4.40pm, there is also a lovely cafe on site to warm up with a hot drink and a bite to eat.
This Saturday, artist Kelly Quinzel (@kellyquinzel) will be delivering free Stitch A Tree embroidery workshops alongside the exhibition. Drop-in between 1.30-3.30pm to take part.
The full album for this exhibition, and the Conversations in Creativity talk, is on our Facebook.
This Saturday at 12pm, British Textile Biennial Artist in Residence Jamie Holman (@jamie_holman_studio) weaves together a story where the young James Mitchell meets cowboys during the cotton famine, Abraham Lincoln sends gifts of food to Blackburn, and a small group of weavers change the world, accidentally inventing Hollywood in the process.
There will be screenings of Mitchell and Kenyon films on a large screen in The Exchange Blackburn. There will also be live performance elements during a parade of Jamie's banner and, as part of the event, hot bean stew with flat bread will be served for free. Please note: There will be actors dressed as cowboys with fake guns in Blackburn Centre during this event as part of the enactment, so please do not be alarmed! Meet us at 12 noon, 40 Northgate, Blackburn. More details on our website.
#repost@prismcontemporary ・・・ It’s the last week of the British Textile Biennial! Make sure you come and see CULT - CULTURE - SUBVERSION at Prism Contemporary and Blackburn Cathedral before the week is up✨