We are incredibly excited about the timely reemergence of textiles in art and design practices. Both locally and internationally the renewed interest in the culture of textiles from a historical and contemporary perspective is palpable. Whether tracing themes of gender, identity, consumerism, myth, materialism, colonialism, collectivity or psychological impact, the language of TEXTILES matters!
Here is a list of a few of the current exhibitions, symposiums and people that are contributing to this larger conversation about inter-disciplinary cloth culture in Vancouver and beyond!
Textile Society of America Symposium
“The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global”, A symposium examineing the creative cross-pollination between textile traditions of settler cultures and Indigenous cultures in the Americas.
Sept 19-23, 2018
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center
Woven Work from Near Here
Curated by Emily Hermant and T'ai Smith
September 7 - October 20, 2018
Grunt Gallery, Vancouver
Beginning with the Seventies
Sept 4 - Dec 2, 2018
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver
Featuring works by Canadian artists Sophia Borowska, Fei Disbrow, Anna Heyward-Jones, Katherine Boyer and Chelsea Yuill. The exhibition runs in conjunction with the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium.
Curated by Anita Cirillo and Nikki Peck
September 20–October 06, 2018
Far & Near : the roots of what we make
A group invitational show of contemporary textiles.
Friday Sept 2 - October 12, 2019
Silk Weaving Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver
Saturday Sept 15, 2018 - Thurs Sep 27, 2018
“Faculties of Art, Design + Dynamic Media, and Culture + Community, as well as the Aboriginal Gathering Place present Intertwined, a group exhibition exploring the myriad ways in which textiles and fibres have come to play a prominent role in shaping contemporary artistic practice in the University community.”
Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver
Cut, Weave, Throw, Print
Thurs Sept 13 - Sept 29, 2018
“In a world of artifice easily facilitated by user friendly technology I curated this exhibition to present art in which the works elegantly manifest the artists’ discernment, understanding and knowledge of techniques which are critical to their practices
Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver
Tue Sep 4 – Wed Oct 31
In conjunction with the Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial Symposium, The Social Fabric: Deep Local To Pan Global, the Roundhouse features the works of prominent BC textile artists Ruth Jones, Janna Marie Vallee, Sasha Gale, and Ana Isabel.
Sep 22, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018
“Contemporary artists have long been creating astonishing works using fibre materials as a medium and exploring textiles as a subject.”
Surrey Art Gallery
The Art of Warmth : Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild
Enjoy the variety of works that Surrey’s talented artists and artisans can make with fibre!
Aug 25 - Nov 10, 2018
Surrey Art Gallery
Oct 11 - Jan 27, 2019
Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art.
Tate Modern, London