January 2017 News

HERE & NOW - contemporary tapestry exhibition

Visitor figures for the show at National Centre for Craft and Design 12,204!

The exhibition has now closed at NCCD. A selection of the work in the exhibition will be shown at MAC Birmingham from April 1st - June 4th. The whole exhibition will then be shown at The Holburne Museum Bath from June 24th - October 1st.


March 15th - Craft History Conference at UCA Farnham.

Keynote speakers Glen Adamson and Alison Britton. Booking through the Craft Study Centre (partner organisation) on  craftscentre@ucreative.ac.uk or 01252 891450

April 27th - The Matter of Material at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Supporting the exhibition Entangled: the threads of making curated by art critic Karen Wright for Turner Contemporary. The exhibition contains historic work from Anni Albers and Sonia Delaunay to Eva Hesse and then more contemporary artists. The conference will discuss the importance of cloth in art and includes presentations from Prof. Catherine Harper, Dr Maxine Bristow, Freddie Robbins, Shelly Goldsmith and Dr Beverly Ayling-Smith.

Booking through Turner Contemporary - Not yet up on their website - the exhibition doesn't open until January 28th, updates here soon and on their website.

July 14th - Digital/Material: developments in printed textiles.

This will be held at UCA Rochester. No details available yet as the Call for Papers is still out. Updates here soon.


Jo Lovelock and Naoya Doi, UCA MA Textiles graduates September 2016, exhibited their work at the famous Gallery Gallery in Kyoto from January 6th - 12th 2017. It was a wonderful opportunity for both the artists and for UCA to disseminate the excellent work of their MA's.  The Private View was very well attended, attracting artists and designers travelling from Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe.

Jo and Naoya also gave presentations about their work to students at Kyoto City University of Fine Arts. The event was fully subscribed, with lively discussions following each. Naoyo also translated for Jo.


Beverly Ayling-Smith was awarded her Doctorate for her practice based PhD: The space between mourning and melancholia: the use of cloth in contemporary art practice to materialise the work of mourning.  Her Viva exhibition was shown at the James Hockey Gallery UCA Farnham.