The New Art Centre

01 Jun – 28 Aug 2020 

Across geographical and cultural boundaries, textile production in its myriad forms is one of the earliest human technologies, with woven and dyed fibred dating back to prehistoric times. The art of designing textiles has therefore remained a central medium for both utility and creative expression throughout human history.

New Art Centre's exhibition Common Thread brings together a group of artists each of whose work focuses on the history of textile technology and design, and their shifting values for people across place and time. Exploring the ways which certain textile producing technologies are still in effect, while others are being challenged, the works in this exhibition reflect on the place of textiles both in art, and in contemporary society.

The artists in Common Thread each in their own way explore the link between the history of textiles and art. Together, the works on display showcase the ways in which the development of material experimentation has allowed contemporary artists to expand on and learn from traditional textile production in its diversity of forms. The exhibition is therefore a celebration of the return to early methods of artistic creation by both contemporary artists and textile designers alike.

Jodie Carey
Mark Corfield-Moore
Ayan Farah
Forest and Found
David Murphy
Isobel Napier
Amy Revier
Sophie Rowley
Katharine Swailes
Works from the GRAY MCA collection.

‘This exhibition "continues the New Art Centre's tradition of showing the highest quality craft, design and art"
- Emma Crichton-Miller, Editor-in-Chief, The Design Edit, May 2020.’

©  Isobel Napier 2023