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Arts Council & UCA Exhibition Explores Cloth And Memory
Caren Garfen 'Reel Lives'
Professor Lesley Millar. Photo by Damian Chapman
Arts Council England and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) are showcasing the work of textile artists from around the world in a major exhibition at a UNESCO World Heritage Site this August.

Cloth & Memory 2, curated by UCA's Professor of Textile Culture Lesley Millar MBE, runs from 18 August to 3 November at the Salts Mill in Saltaire.

Lesley Millar, who is based at UCA Farnham, said: "Cloth holds the memory of our time and connects us with the memories of other times and other places.

Koji Takaki 'Ma'
"This exhibition will use that familiarity with cloth to connect audience, place and artist within this heritage building in the heart of an area which was central to textile production during the industrial revolution."

23 artists from the UK and around the world were invited to provide a response to the Salts Mill and its huge Lobby which, when it was first built, was thought to house the largest industrial room in the world.

The exhibition will feature work from UCA lecturer Diana Harrison and recent MA graduates Rachel Gray and Peta Jacobs.

Lesley said: "All of the proposed works engage with the palpable history of place that is evident at Salts Mill and The Lobby in particular, and range from large scale interventions in space to highly intimate placings within the fabric of the building.

"It is really fantastic that UCA's staff and graduates produce work that stands alongside the best international practice."

Kari Steihaug 'Legacies'
The original Cloth & Memory exhibition took place during Summer 2012 and featured the work of three artists in a much smaller venue at Salts Mill.

Cloth & Memory 2 explores in greater detail the intimate relationship that Cloth has with our body, bearing the marks of our being both on the surface and embedded within the structure.

Lesley added: "The range of work from the artists, the setting and the subject material all lend themselves to this being one of the most powerful exhibitions in this media. It also has the added bonus of being housed in a building that is not only historic, but also in a room not normally open to the public, which I think adds to the whole visual experience.

"The exhibition has been generously supported by Arts Council England and all the major Japanese funding organisations, which, at a time of financial constraint for the arts, is a wonderful validation of the project."
Arts Council & UCA Exhibition Explores Cloth And Memory, 23rd July 2013, 9:30 AM