On Thursday 23 February the Mapping The Future: Where Are You Now? exhibition opens in the Gallery at The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton and runs until Saturday 24 March.
Maps can show connections between people and places, there can also be gaps and edges and unknowns. Maps are as much to do with philosophy as geography. They are not two-dimensional pictures of the world but windows on to a subtle and complex world-view. Maps can be highly selective and show geographic, psychological, social and economic places. Places are not static.
In response to these concepts, and following a successful Textiles Forum South West (TFSW) conference held at Somerset College in 2011, this exhibition includes work inspired by varying themes as personal journeys, the landscape and history, through to ambitious networking of the sounds of making. The artists utilise a whole range of experimental techniques to convey their ideas including delicate hand stitch, felt making, quilting, collage knitting, sculpture as well as digital media creating a fascinating, thought provoking and stimulating mix of work to share. Tim Martin, Visual Arts Coordinator at The Brewhouse says,
“Mapping The Future approached its subject from a variety of perspectives: by considering historical and contemporary practice, technology, art and science, but most of all by sharing ‘personal’ maps and networks.”
TFSW is a contemporary ‘textile hub’ for the south west. This organisation was set up to promote and develop textiles in all forms for the educational, cultural and economic benefit of the region. It is a point of exchange for people who love making, thinking or talking textiles. The TFSW is looking to build on recent collaborations with Christine Lawry at Wolford Mill for the exhibition Traces in 2008 and collaboration with Hannah Jones, curator of the Viewpoint Gallery at Plymouth College of Art for the exhibition Material Actions which was the opening show in 2010 for their newly extended gallery space.
TFSW are currently working with Sue Prichard, curator of contemporary textiles at The V&A. You can follow the artist’s journey on their blog