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Lace Unravelled Symposium (2 Day Ticket)

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Lace Unravelled Symposium
Thursday 15 March – Friday 16 March 2018

Lace Unravelled will reflect on the multiple perspectives of lace as a product, an industry, and an inspiration for contemporary creativity.

The Lace Unravelled Symposium will bring together curators, lace industry experts, academics and artists from the UK, France and Australia to share knowledge about lace and lace making, within the historical context of lace-making in Nottingham.

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage in an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations, artists’ projects and tours of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries’ world-class Lace and Lace Machinery collections.

This two-day event will take place at Wollaton Hall, a masterpiece of Elizabethan architecture and home to Nottingham Industrial Museum, and Newstead Abbey: the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron and the Costume, Textiles and Lace collection. An evening reception at Nottingham Castle, will introduce delegates to plans for the Castle’s new permanent exhibition about Nottingham Lace and the event marks the launch of a related exhibition at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University taking place on the evening of Wednesaday 14 March, this is free and open to all, click here for details.

Full details of the programme and a comprehensive speakers list will be released on Friday 19 January, when ticket sales go live!


Once purchased this ticket will admit you only to the Lace Unravelled Symposium on both Thursday 15 March and Friday 16 March 2018. This ticket also admits you to a drinks and canapés reception at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, on the evening of Thursday 15 March.


DAY 1
Thursday 15 March 2018
Venue: Wollaton Hall
Theme: Industry

We will investigate the history of lace, still evident in the built environment, archives and museum collections of Nottingham. We will also invite reflections on the history of lace from other national and international perspectives, and consider how lace has helped to shape a sense of place.

Speakers include:
Sheila Mason: Secretary of the former British Leavers Lace Manufacturers' Association and a director of Cluny Lace Company Limited, a long established, independent, Leavers Lace manufacturer situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Sheila is widely acclaimed for her knowledge of the Machine Lace industry and her book Nottingham Lace: 1760s-1950s, has been described as the 'definitive' history of the machine lace industry and also The History of Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.

Anne-Claire Laronde: Director of the International City of Lace and Fashion of Calais, which opened in 2009 in a 19th century lace factory and presents the social history and manufacturing secrets of Calais lace, along with a showcase for lace in today's fashion and design. She has said: ‘…lace is rooted in European culture and when you wear lace, you wear history!’

Prof. David Hopkin: a social and cultural historian, working primarily with oral and popular cultural sources: ‘the kind of sources left by people who are otherwise underrepresented in the archive’. He has researched and written about the women who made lace by hand, in the UK, France and Flanders, and the specific repertoire of songs, or ‘tells’ used by lace-makers to regulate their work rate.


DAY 2
Friday 16 March 2018
Venue: Newstead Abbey
Theme: Creative Lace

Lace continues to be significant to artists, designers and makers, whether through an interest in the use of lace fabric, reinterpretations of patterns and processes, or its application to smart textiles. We will look at how historical lace has inspired diverse contemporary creative practices.

Speakers include:
Wolfgang Buttress: an award-winning artist working with public and private space. His work The Hive enjoyed wide acclaim at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2016 following its launch as the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo in 2015. His sculpture Corona, created in 2017 for the new BioCity building in Nottingham, comprises aluminium extrusions informed by the negative spaces from lace samples.

Cecilia Heffer: a design academic, practice-based researcher and textile designer at the University of Technology, Sydney. Cecilia specialises in contemporary lace and textile innovation and her research explores the integration of the handmade with emerging technologies. She was guest curator for the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, Group Exchange (2014-16), a national exhibition providing an overview of developments in contemporary Textile Art practice.


Artists presenting work at Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall include: Joy Buttress, Lucy Brown, Carol Quarini, Joana Vasconcelos and Shane Waltener.

Lace Unravelled has been made possible thanks to Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund


Free parking will be offered to those with a Lace Unravelled ticket wishing to travel to Newstead Abbey by car, normal parking charges at Wollaton Hall will still apply. A FREE coach will be offered for delegates wishing to travel from Nottingham City centre to both venues and back again. Full details regarding this transport option will be released in January.

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