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Yorkshire Year of the Textile celebration event
Thu 25 May 2017, 14:00 – 18:00 BST
All welcome to the final event in our year-long celebration of textiles, with panel discussions, poetry readings and private view of a key commission.
We invite you to celebrate with us our Yorkshire Year of the Textile programme, focusing on creativity, innovation and new research.
Yorkshire Year of the Textile symposium,
2pm – 5pm
Hear artists, working across a range of disciplines from poetry to sculpture, reflect on their experiences responding creatively to the region’s rich heritage of textiles. The panel will be chaired by art historian Professor Ann Sumner, whose research into Mitzi Cunliffe has provided a foundation for the Yorkshire Year of the Textile project.
You can also take part in a conversation with curators, makers and industry specialists, to discuss ways of celebrating Yorkshire’s textile heritage, and how we innovate for the future.
We will close the symposium with a reading of a specially-commissioned poem by Malika Booker.
The event is held in the Nathan Bodington Chamber, Parkinson Building. A member of staff will be available to direct you on the day. Places are limited, so booking is essential.
Reception and launch of Man-Made Re-Made,
Celebrate the opening of Kate Goldsworthy’s Man-Made Re-Made with a glass of wine, and hear the inaugural reading of Rommi Smith’s specially-commissioned poem, Woman-Made & Re-Made.
These two artists have collaborated to commemorate Mitzi Cunliffe's life and work, responding to her monumental sculpture Man-Made Fibres (1956), sited above the Clothworkers South building, home to textile design at the University of Leeds.
While Kate's spectacular hanging installation considers the life cycles of materials, based on her research into sustainability and textile design, writer and performer Rommi Smith has written in response to Cunliffe’s work and narrative. Smith’s poem puts forward that the ontological and phenomenological processes of becoming oneself are profoundly intertwined with the creative, or artistic process.