Talking of Textiles

Manchester School of Art, 27th April 2016

Two of the most influential figures in textile art will be visiting Manchester School of Art.

Prof Janis Jefferies is an artist, curator, writer and professor at Goldsmiths’, University of  London. She is Senior Research Fellow of the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles and Director of Goldsmiths’ Digital Studios, a research centre across Arts and Technology. Her Handbook of Textile Culture which was published in Autumn 2015 with co-editors Diana Wood-Conroy (Australia) and Hazel Clark (USA), will provide the focus of her presentation.

Dr Jennifer Harris is a curator, writer and Deputy Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where she has established a unique collection of contemporary textile art. In 2015 she curated Art_Textiles, which received much positive critical comment. Dr Harris’s5000 Years of Textiles, first published in 1993 and still in print, is a standard text. Her forthcoming publication, A Companion to Textile Culture, will embrace the historical, contemporary and cultural dimensions of textiles on a global scale and will be the subject of her talk.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear about the scope their knowledge in the textile arts and their most recent and future publications.

The afternoon will be a mix of presentations and conversations.

Dr Jane Webb, Prof Alice Kettle, Dr Nigel Hurlstone and Uthra Rajgopal will form an informal panel to discuss textile art looking to the future, with Prof Janis Jefferies and Dr Jennifer Harris.

For more information please visit: http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/events/2016/talking-of-textiles/

Event – Talking of Textiles, Manchester School of Art, 27th April 2016, Manchester

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