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.

Artists and curator ‘in conversation’ sessions in the Main Gallery. In these sessions, artists will talk about their work in relation to the Material Flow exhibition and the broader topics associated with it. These are informal discussions encouraging dialogue on museum artefacts, cultural heritage and the contribution to contemporary art practices.

‘Responding to material histories’: Sunday 15th September 2-4pm

Responding to cloth with textiles Heidi Flaxman & Sian Lester: Exploring depths in/on surface: Christine Felce, Susan Kester and The postcolonial turn: Victoria Burgher in conversation with curator Patricia Brien.

‘Futuring material histories’: Sunday 22nd September 2-4pm

Material currencies: Bridget Kennedy & Mair Hughes with Capturing an essence: Tara Downs & Anna Cady. Interactive session:Tree stories with Patricia Brien: Visitors may like to bring along a sketch or photo, or description of your favourite tree and share your thoughts / observations / feelings about it. How do we acknowledge nonhuman co-workers through the arts?

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.

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

Coldstrean Guards

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