An ambitious international project exploring the expressive potency of cloth as a communicator of human experience. The exhibition at Salts Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes 7 Japanese artists, who are all making new site-sensitive work. It will take place in the 168m. x 16m. former spinning room at the top of the building, a room not usually open to the public, its walls and floors still imbued with the smell of machine oil and wool. The natural light and lattice of the roof struts create an exciting architectural space in which to exhibit textiles, as well as a historically significant one.
This exhibition takes place in a heritage building, drawing visitors from all sectors of the community thus providing the opportunity to introduce a new audience to Japanese textile artists. The presence of the Japanese textile artists provides vital connections between the central historic importance of the textile industry in both our countries and its impact on the best contemporary practice. The Japanese artists include highly internationally acclaimed artists, established artists and early career artists who have not shown in the UK before. Several of the Japanese artists have proposed work which takes them in new directions or new developments of familiar ways of working.
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This exhibition is held with the support of the University for the Creative Arts, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation, Pola Art Foundation, Arts Council England