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Coming to The Gallery at NUA: Repeat – new textile-based works by contemporary designers and artists

The history of Norwich and the evolution of textiles practice go hand in hand. Further to its international reputation for various forms of cloth production in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, the legacy of textiles manufacturing left its mark on Norwich; where rich culture and architecture still shows today the great influence this industry once had. The teaching of art and design has encouraged many talented practitioners to settle in Norwich, and in particular to share their expertise with future generations of designers at Norwich University of the Arts.

The University College is delighted to present an eagerly anticipated staff show which features new textile-based works by contemporary designers and artists who are associated with the prestigious textiles course at NUA, who have created artefacts in response to the theme of ‘Repeat’. Some works have been selected from current designers’ output, whilst other exhibits have been produced specifically for the show. This show offers an opportunity to explore the notion of ‘Repeat’ within the practice of textiles design.

‘Repeat’ has been conceived and curated by University College academics Dr Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Design, and the Course Leader for BA Textiles, Nick Rodgers. The exhibition draws on a range of contemporary textile practices and includes drawing, textiles, product, video, installation and design work.

‘Repeat’ refers to a fundamental theme within textiles and surface design and acknowledges its close association with textile manufacturing processes. In this show, exhibitors have been challenged to respond to the theme of ‘Repeat’ in relation to their own practice.

Martyn Blundell’s video work explores the repetition of imagery and structure, whilst the work of John Macaulay exposes the repetition of everyday tasks in the form of screen-printed fabric. Designer Sarah Angold demonstrates her love of repetition and multiples in her lighting design and Nick Rodgers explores textile design through an investigation of numerical systems.

The show is accompanied by a symposium for students, which takes place on 25th January 2012.

Exhibitors include:

  • Les Bicknell
  • Martyn Blundell
  • Dr Hilary Carlisle
  • Jane Eastwood
  • John Macaulay
  • Zoe Miller
  • Louise Richardson
  • Jill Rodgers
  • Nick Rodgers
  • Grainne Swann
  • David Tudge
  • Alison Willoughby

Visitor information

Tuesday 10th January – Saturday 28th January
Open 12pm – 5pm (closed Sunday and Monday)
Exhibition open to the public, admission free.

Multi-coloured pattern of squares

3X3X3 by Nick Rodgers

Three fabric samples depicting textile creation

A Collection – Work in Progress – Han Stitching Dog Sitting by John Macaulay

3d paper fold designs

smocking is evil by Les Bicknell

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