Ctrl / Shift

New Directions in Textile Art

2 Feb – 22 Apr 2019

Main Gallery

Image: Daisy Collingridge Clive | Photo: Electric Egg

The creative tension between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas, provided the starting point for Ctrl/Shift, an exhibition from The 62 Group of Textile Artists.

The exhibition enabled participating artists to explore projects which manifest as transformations in their practice. Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme; in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative and contemporary themes and ideas, and evolving technologies.

The exhibition comprised of over thirty artworks by twenty five artists, including carefully selected outcomes from a collaboration between three artists who reflected on and were inspired by each other’s work.

The exhibition concept was developed in partnership with the 62 Group and independent curator Liz Cooper.

The 62 Group is an artist-led organisation which aims to incorporate and challenge the boundaries of textile practice through an ambitious and innovative annual programme of exhibitions and events. Since its establishment in 1962 some of the most highly regarded British & international textile artists have been members of the group.

The artists are (UK unless otherwise noted):

Imogen Aust
Caroline Bartlett
Heather Belcher
Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary)
Lucy Brown
Penny Burnfield
Nigel Cheney
Daisy Collingridge
Isobel Currie
Flox den Hartog Jager (Netherlands)
Catherine Dormor
Dawn Dupree
Caren Garfen
Emily Jo Gibbs
Ann Goddard
Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor
Hannah Lamb
Debbie Lyddon
Jae Maries
Sian Martin
Jane McKeating
Sumi Perera (Sri Lanka/UK)
Shuna Rendel
Vanessa Rolf
Sue Stone

An exhibition from The 62 Group of Textile Artists, produced in partnership with Midlands Art Centre Birmingham.