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Textile threads: Hopeful Synthetics and Public Art
Thu 17 November 2016, 12:00 – 15:30 GMT
Join Professor Ann Sumner for a campus tour to see American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe’s Man-Made Fibres and the newly commissioned pavement response by Sue Lawty. The tour will be followed by a discussion panel at 1pm that will include Kate Goldsworthy, Elizabeth Gaston and Jane Scott; panellists will respond to Cunliffe’s work, which celebrates the potential for synthetic and man-made fibres to contribute to a ‘hopeful future’ for materials. The discussion will look at the initial enthusiasm at the time of the Man-Made Fibres building opening in 1956 for the synthetic fibres revolution and consider the cycle of hope and fear associated with these fabrics. Afterwards, participants can join a knit workshop (at 2.15pm) using synthetic fibres and help produce a public sculpture canopy for campus, continuing the discussion, as they learn to finger knit.
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