Public opening: Friday 8 September from 5pm
Exhibition dates: 9 September 2023 – 28 January 2024
Textile based artworks have been a growing presence in art galleries over the last decade with artists investigating a variety of new and age-old concerns with fibres and threads. The boundaries of traditional techniques such as weaving and embroidery have been pushed by artists who are interested in embracing the potential of thread in contemporary art.
Spotlighting areas of practice we are curious about and interested in, the exhibition will feature works by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Isabel Nolan, Matt Smith, Ciara O’Connor, Cecilia Danell, Mainie Jellett design by Ceodogàn rugs, Dorothy Cross, Michelle Malone, Jennifer Trouton, Anne Kiely and Mary Palmer.
Championing Modernism in 1920s Ireland, Mainie Jellett (1897 -1944) designed rugs derived from her abstract cubism art and from in-depth research in the use of colours, patterns, and shapes. In 2008, Ceadogàn Rugs issued a limited edition of her rugs’ designs. In 2023 we were commissioned to make a rug from Carpet Design, a small Mainie Jellet’s watercolour in the gallery’s collection.