Friday, 30 January 2015

Putting together exhibitions - cranking up for 2015!








Through Our Hands which I co-curate with Laura Kemshall is having 2 exhibitions this year, with lots of different work in each.







The first exhibition is called The Liberated Quilt and will be at Bilston, part of the WAVE gallery at Wolverhampton, UK. (Middle-ish of England for those not familiar) and the second, called Maker-Making-Made will be at Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, UK from the 6-9th August. (also middle-ish of England!)

There's a bit more to organizing exhibitions than putting one's hand up and asking for a space - as lots of you might already know!  We now have 24 Affiliate Artists, all of whom will be exhibiting work at Bilston, and a large majority who will also be at Festival of Quilts, so it takes some planning. We have to help sort out the funding, postage to and from both, childrens activities, VIP events,  resources, plan the space, think of making a video, studio mock ups, workshops, delivery vans, storage, insurance, things on plinths, advertising, catalogue production, opening events, invitations, hanging plans, and putting the work up, selling, commissions, queries, going to meetings, and lots, lots more too! All times 2.


I met with the lovely Laura yesterday for tea-and-buns at Birmingham Art Gallery, and we had a lovely catch up about it all.  We had a fabulous meeting and sorted out quite a few things, and we both got quite excited at the prospect of bringing you so much beautiful, new work. We're hoping that both exhibtions will showcase different work by the artists, so a visit to both is recommended.  I can tell you now, they are producing some gobsmacking stuff. And we have an unusual and challenging idea for Festival....but you'll have to wait and see what that is!!

Above is the Through Our Hands logo for Festival, made by Laura of course.  Isn't it fab?!!  It's to go on the updated Twisted Thread website with all the new 2015 information, but please feel free to download it if you wish. You can also receive the TOH newsletter by signing the box on the right hand side of the website - we'll send it to your inbox. No spam, no masses of stuff, just occasional updates.

(Left: Festival of Quilts 2013 with work by Eszter Bornemisza and Sandra Meech)


Laura, Linda, and I will also try to produce special editions of the magazine to accompany the exhibitions, so even if you can't get to see the work in person, you can view it all online for free, or by pdf if you prefer or perhaps want to print it for yourself.  Details later.

So great stuff, and lots of work done and yet to do, but exciting.  Oh, and the three of us still have to make work too. Forgot that bit!!

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