This summer, the 62 Group of Textile Artists will be showcasing a brand new exhibition on the theme ‘CONSTRUCT’. The exhibition will be showing at Sunny Bank Mills, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, from 20 July. The gallery has a growing reputation for showcasing contemporary textile art in a setting context rich with historical textile references.
The theme CONSTRUCT offers a rich seam to mine for inspiration. Works built using a range of textile construction techniques, diverse materials and structural forms, will surely have a focus, alongside pieces inspired by the built environment. Less obvious interpretations around the construction of ideas, arguments and narratives may also be seen. Also expect to see pieces referencing the Mill building itself and the textile heritage of the site.
Earlier this year 62 Group members were fortunate to receive a tour of Sunny Bank Mills, including the fascinating mill archives and several fascinating derelict buildings, which are scheduled for imminent demolition. Sunny Bank Mills was founded as a textile mill in 1829, with the site and buildings growing and evolving until 1929. It isn’t long since the mill was a thriving textile manufacturer, producing mainly worsted suiting fabrics and supplying to some of the biggest names worldwide. Since it closed as a textile manufacturer, the mill buildings have been reimagined and restored and are now a thriving centre for commercial and creative enterprise, with the light bright gallery at the mill’s hub.
CONSTRUCT promises to be an exciting stand-alone exhibition of new work from the 62 Group. Until 15 September 2019, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Pudsey, LS28 5UJ.
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