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Changes – An International Weaving Project & Touring Exhibition
September 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am - October 3, 2016 @ 3:00 pmFree
Just before the launch of our new series of exhibitions ‘Industry Rising’ we are proud to be home to a collection of woven textile samples from around the world. Here at EWIC we grabbed the opportunity to embrace our textile heritage and were happy to showcase this unique collection of woven textiles.
The Square Circle group have joined forces with similar groups in Orkney, Ireland, Denmark, Scotland, USA and Australia to produce a beautiful array of work based on postcards. The exhibition is touring to venues in each country. This is a rich and exciting partnership and the standard of work produced is impressive.
You can visit the exhibition between 8 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. We have a visitors car park adjacent to the centre. When parking please notify the reception that you are visiting the exhibition.
Square Chapel’s Community Outreach Programme presents:
An annual international weaving project and touring exhibition
This innovative project, now in its fifth year, brings together adult student weavers from Halifax, Ireland and Denmark. Joan Baxter, Professional Tapestry Weaver, originally devised the first project to give students from her Laesco summer school in Denmark, a subject to work on over the year between classes.
The project was then expanded to include Ros Bryant and her students at Northlight Gallery in Orkney, Janet Clark and her students at Square Chapel in Halifax and also some students from weaving groups in Ireland, USA and Australia. The students worked to a common theme and produced an exhibition that toured to each of the locations.
This year groups from Halifax, Ireland and Denmark have produced work around the theme of “Changes”. As little instruction as possible has been given, though each weaving could not exceed 25cm x 25cm. It is important that each student decides for themselves both how they see the image and how they use their skills and materials to weave it. It is very interesting to see what everyone has made from the same starting point, when all the work is assembled together.
As in previous years, this exhibition will tour to each participating country: The Town Hall, Laesco, Denmark / Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax / The Fairgreen Gallery, Sligo, Ireland.
“The project is an excellent motivation and encouragement to take on challenges in weaving. Each weaver works independently without advice in the design and weaving – with excellent results. A couple of the Square Chapel weavers have gone on to take part in advertised exhibitions. The Square Chapel weavers have exhibited in countries they would never normally have been able to do”
Janet Clark, weaving tutor Square Chapel’s weaving group is part of the Square Circle activity programme for people over 50. The group meets on Mondays at Square Chapel. It is part of a larger project called Creative Communities – an outreach programme led by Square Chapel in partnership with verd de gris Ltd and Orange Box young people’s centre.
Creative Communities uses the arts as a tool to bring about improvements in people’s lives; it is supported with funding from The National Lottery through The Big Lottery Fund.
The group thanks the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre for its support in hosting this exhibition in its beautiful foyer exhibition space.