6 August 2013


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Cloth and Memory 2 is a site-specific exhibition located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Salts Mill, Saltaire Yorkshire UK, which is also an anchor point in the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The exhibition will feature 23 artists drawn from a UK and international cohort and will run from August 18th to November 3rd 2013.

Cloth and Memory 2 builds on knowledge gained in our first exhibition, however it will be a very different experience. It will be in the original Spinning Room (known as The Lobby), which at 168m x 16m, when first built was thought to be the largest industrial room in the world. Apart from a new roof, it has not been restored or refurbished, and is not normally open to the public. The extraordinary internal architecture with its peeling walls and floors still retain the marks and smells of its original use.

An international group of artists were invited to visit Salts in order to propose work as a response to the site. From these proposals 23 artists were selected: 14 from the UK, 7 from Japan, 1 from Germany, 1 from Norway, representing emerging, early career and established artists. All the proposed works engage with the palpable history of place that is evident at Salts Mill and The Lobby in particular, and range from large scale interventions in space to highly intimate placings within the fabric of the building.

Cloth and Memory 2 will use that universal familiarity with cloth to connect audience, place and artist within this heritage building in the heart of an area central to textile production during the industrial revolution and, by so doing, extend contemporary practice in the field.

LESLEY MILLAR: Cloth & Memory Creative Director
Professor of Textile Culture, University for the Creative Arts
Date: 18 August 2013 – 3 November 2013
Venue: Salts Mill, Shipley, Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA

Participating Artists

UK: Jeanette Appleton – Caroline Bartlett – Hilary Bower – Maxine Bristow – Reece Clements -Caren Garfen – Rachel Gray – Annie Harrison – Diana Harrison – Peta Jacobs – Philippa Lawrence – Hannah Leighton-Boyce – Celia Pym – Karina Thompson

Japan: Machiko Agano – Masae Bamba – Yasuko Fujino – Yoriko Murayama – Koji Takaki – Katsura Takasuka – Yoriko Yoneyama

Germany: Katharine Hinsberg

Norway: Kari Steihaug

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Cloth and Memory 2

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to be supporting this exhibition with a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant

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