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Michael Brennand Wood in residence in Australia

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‘Elements of Place : Artists-in-residence exhibition’
29 May – 12 July 2014
Craft ACT Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, Australia
www.craftact.org.au
Artists: Michael Brennand-Wood and Ceretha Skinner

‘Elements of Place: artists-in-residence’ is a particularly groundbreaking exhibition, featuring Craft ACT’s first Aboriginal artist-in-residence, textile artist and Gumbayngirr woman Ceretha Skinner, and the Centre’s first international artist-in-residence, English artist Michael Brennand-Wood. Their striking work is in response to living in Canberra’s Namadgi National Park, an opportunity provided by program partner ACT Parks and Conservation Service. Though markedly different in thought and approach, both artists explore the spiritual richness of place and land through their craftsmanship. Executive Director of Craft ACT, Ms Avi Amesbury, said, ‘The exhibition makes an important contribution to the understanding of this landscape as one of cultural significance to the nation’s capital, the people of Canberra and the international community.

The program is presented by Craft ACT in partnership with the Rural District Parks, Conservation and Land and supported by the ACTEW Corporation.

For more about Michael’s experiences in Namadgi National Park Residency please click here.

 

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Tape-tastic Tactile Too

See the images below for some really exciting use of tape and space.  Believe it or not the students had a short time working with tactile too artist Laura-Jane Atkinson.  After a presentation led by Laura-Jane about her practice, the students from The City of Liverpool College were fired up and got to task immediately to create large-scale responses using urban materials such as electrical tape and washing lines in a park setting.  The juxtoposition of materials and place provoked some very interesting dialogues and vibrant installations.  The session provided a good insight into how contemporary textile makers work and challenge the preconceptions of textiles.

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Michael Brennand-Wood, Textile artist

Studio Thinking

Artwork by Michael Brennand-Wood featured in the Whitworth’s Tactile Textile collection Artwork by Michael Brennand-Wood featured in the Whitworth’s Tactile Textile collection

Michael Brennand-Wood in his studio. Photograph by Phil Sayer Michael Brennand-Wood in his studio. Photograph by Phil Sayer

In preparation for the opening of the Clore Studio at the Whitworth Art Gallery this year, the Whitworth’s learning team are investigating how different artists in the collection use their studio spaces.

Michael Brennand-Wood is an internationally acclaimed textile artist whose work has been exhibited across the globe and features both in the Whitworth’s collection and our Tactile Textile educational resource. Brennand-Wood is known for his original use of traditional textile techniques and motifs, for example using floral embroidery processes to produce three dimensional mixed media pieces.

Below Michael answers some questions about how he uses his studio, focusing in particular on the impact that physical space has on his art works.

1.     How often do you use your studio? And how long have you been based there?

It depends…

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A great Masterclass opportunity with Michael Brennand-Wood

Michael Brennand-Wood will be running a masterclass at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

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Michael Brennand-Wood curates Music Makers

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see an exhibition curated by Michael Brennand-Wood at the Bluecoat Display Centre.

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Textile students totally inspired by tactile too artist Laura-Jane Atkinson

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A group of ‘A’-level students from Cheadle Hulme High School were totally wowed when working with tactile too artist Laura-Jane Atkinson.  The encounter with Laura’s use of surprising everyday household textiles such as electrical tape, clothes washing line, nuts and bolts amongst other intriguing materials proved to be an amazing catalyst for their new project.  Laura introduced her innovative practice and new embroidery techniques to the eager students.  See some of the snapshots and results from the textiles workshop.

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This workshop took place after the tutor attended the Tactile Too Professional Development for teachers and tutors in October 2013.  Find out more about how to use tactile too in your setting, whether school, college, university or community group by contacting Denise Bowler.

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We are pleased to announce the new tactile too artists

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Harriet Lawton Ceramic Collage

The Whitworth commissioned three artists to make textile works for the handling resource tactile too.  They are Harriet Lawson, Bella May Leonard and Elizabeth Winstanley.  All of the textile makers responded to the theme of Textiles Triggered: Touching Memories in very personal and imaginative ways.  Their textile pieces employ unusual materials inviting you to touch, play and explore.

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 Detail from Bella May Leonard’s stitched perspex

These resources will be launched later this year with opportunities for teachers, tutors and aspiring textile makers to attend professional development events as part of the getting to know the artists’ work and look at how best to use the handling collection with students.

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Elizabeth Winstanley’s kinetic textiles

I can guarantee that once you encounter the textiles you will want to explore your own practice further and have fun interrogating the processes.

The date of the launch will be revealed soon…