Material Flow

The Material Flow exhibition Saturday 31th August to Sunday 22st September will be held in Gallery One of the Museum in the Park, Stroud.

This year artists are asked to respond with their own interpretation to one or more selected archival materials shown below. We are looking for works of creative engagement with one or more selected artefacts responsive to the broader historical, cultural, textual, natural or industrial background. The work will be of interest to general audiences at the Material Flow exhibition and related events.

There are many factors that made this renowned woollen material possible and artists are invited to consider those wider issues in your response. We are looking for an imaginative range of interpretations – the artist’s view. Artworks will be chosen by an experienced panel (tba) chaired by curator Patricia Brien.

Artists may respond in a variety of artistic media – 2D and 3D formats, or moving image. DEADLINE 30th June

Artists are invited to upload up to 3 images for selection for a fixed admin fee towards marketing costs, payable to the charity, of £10. Please see Artists’ Submissions.

Plaese Note the following key dates after the deadline:

Artists informed: 8th July, Delivery of artworks: 29th and 30th August 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, Collection: Monday 23rd September 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Submitting artists have the opportunity to apply for a week’s fully paid full board RESIDENCY at HAWKWOOD COLLEGE in a stunning setting in the Cotswolds. It you wish to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity please apply here. Two residencies are on offer (T&C’s apply).


View of Wallbridge c.1785 ©Museum in the Park, Stroud. Artist unknown.

Architecture – Agricultural practices – Cloth industryStroud valleys waterways – Landscape – Human communities

A sheep and its owner, c. 1800, © Museum in the Park, Stroud. Artist unknown.

Price sheet painting trend – Sheep and wool = economic prosperity – Sheep husbandry/environmental/ethics

Redcoat military uniform ©Stroudwater Textile Trust

Scarlett cloth produced in Stroud over many centuries – ‘Redcoats’ – Masculine tailoring – Empire/colonialism

Red was not used in order to hide blood stains! Read more….

Materiality and trade routes © Kindly reproduced with permission by Hudson’s Bay Company Archives| Archives of Manitoba

Stroud Cloth swatches: markers of quality – broadcloths: adopted as ‘wearing blankets’ by the indigenous peoples of North America – shifting industry: from Stroud to Yorkshire – Dyeing processes: plants, insects, industry secrets

Anglo Saxon Mill Paddles © museum in the park, Stroud (Found at Egypt Mill, Nailsworth)

Water power – Workers – Artisans – Seasonal rhythm and time