Image: Monika Auch, Stitch Your Brain
Wellbeing & Slow Textiles: with Gawthorpe Textiles Collection & Guests
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, in collaboration with Super Slow Way, invite you to a special event for strategic decision makers, agents and practitioners in the field of wellbeing, community and cultural engagement where we will look at the connections between, and impact of, textiles on wellbeing.
Wellbeing is now at the heart of the engagement work of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection as part of our new outlook and community strategy. We'd like to share our early work and findings in this area with you. We also have national and international practitioners in textiles and wellbeing discussing their practice and some of the theory behind it.
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Monika Auch of Stitch Your Brain
www.stitchyourbrain.com and www.monikaauch.nl
STITCH_YOUR_BRAIN is a project and study by Monika Auch, German visual artist and former medical doctor now living in Holland. Monika is interested in the intelligent power of our hands. Stitch Your Brain is a practice-based, artistic investigation about the hand-brain-axis in creative making
- Gawthorpe Textiles Collection Team: Valley Street Studio & Beyond
A case study of how our collection has led to improved wellbeing in South West Burnley, working with residents of two housing estates and our housing agency partner, Calico Homes. We will also be introducing our new NHS Clinical Commissioning Group commissioned Prescription for Wellbeing project, as we look forward to extending our wellbeing work to new partners and communities throughout Burnley.
- Claire Wellesley-Smith: Slow Textiles
Claire uses historic archives and collections as the starting point for her work, looking at locations and community stories. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. Claire has recently been working with our collection, hosting workshops for families and adults to improve wellbeing, and has co-curated our current By a Thread exhibition.
Her book Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art was published in 2015 by Batsford, London
- Dr Qulsom Fazil: Tapestry Making with Pakistani women in the UK
Dr Fazil is a lecturer and researcher at the College of Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham and was previously a non-Executive Director at Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust. She is currently involved in an Arts & Humanities Research Council funded research programme exploring the impact of creative activity on health and wellbeing, and will share with us her findings on a project where Pakistani women in Birmingham came together to learn and recollect textiles techniques, and create a collaborative tapestry.
- 3.30-5pm: Refreshments will be available and you are welcome to stay and chat, network or enjoy free access to Gawthorpe Hall and see the work of Monika and Claire in the Stitch Your Brain and By a Thread exhibitions. Last entry to the Hall is 4.30pm
Free admission to Gawthorpe Hall included. The Hall opens at noon, so you are welcome / encouraged to arrive early and have a look at the exhibitions linked to this event beforehand (please note you may wish to bring lunch with you if so, as we are in parklands with no catering on site as yet). The Hall closes at 5pm so alternatively you can look round afterwards.
We are committed to the positive power of textiles and want to practice what we preach. So if you are a stitcher yourself and wish to bring your needlework, knitting, sewing etc with you to stitch while you listen please do. We will also have a very simple textile activity for any guests who want to have a go throughout the afternoon, or take away with them to try out at home.
This event is a collaboration between Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and Super Slow Way; a major arts commissioning programme in Pennine Lancashire which forms part of Arts Council England's large scale Creative People & Places programme: superslowway.org.uk
ACCESS INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS
- Gawthorpe Hall is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan country house. It can be chilly in the Hall, so please bring an extra layer. Due to the historic nature of the building there is no wheelchair access. There are some external and internal stairs.
- The main session will be held in the Stables annex within a cobbled courtyard and up a wooden staircase. Please head for the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection sign on the brown door in the cobbled courtyard before you reach the main Hall.
The textile galleries are reached via two flights of stairs in the main Hall, and there are additional stairs to access the rest of the building.
There is free parking for visitors, approximately 150 yards from the Hall, with mobilty access closer to the Hall. NB Sat Nav directions can be misleading when using the postcode. Please search for Stockbridge Drive, Burnley instead.
The Hall is a short taxi ride from Rose Grove or Hapton train stations
- Or a 5 minute walk up the Hall driveway from Burnley Road, for local buses
- And close to several cycle paths as shown on this map
- If you have any access questions please contact us and we will do all we can to help
More visitor information for Gawthorpe Hall is avaialble at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gawthorpe-hall
When & Where
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is an independent charity based at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire. Originally called the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections, the charity was created after the death of our founder, Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886- 1967) to care for the collection of textiles she had amassed and to make it accessible through learning programmes and curated collection displays in the Hall itself.
We work in partnership with Lancashire County Council and the National Trust, who together manage the Hall and its grounds.