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The Policy for the Blackie Gallery included a commitment to showing artists who have traditionally found it more difficult to find outlets for their  work - this included woman artist and artists from minority groups - so Black British artists, disabled artists,  etc.

As part of this policy we exhibited textile works.  This genre of work is usually created by women and too often defined as craft rather than art.

The work ranged from Banners to hats. From the political to the humorous. On the following pages are descriptions of the individual exhibitions. Below you will find a  slide show covering all the textile works. 

Archive Items in this Category: 
100 years of Womens Banners
“Great claims are made for the pen, the brush and the sword, but the needle can be as sharp, as mighty and as moving”  Dawn Pavitt. 100 years of Womens Banners was a Grade 2 travelling exhibition and included historical material. Read More
08-09-2012 5 years 48 weeks ago
African Connections - The Batiks -1992-1997
The Idea:  African Connections was a project which explored the links between traditional African dances and contemporary social dances.  It led to the creation and exhibition of 24 Batiks plus the creation of 24 flick books illustrating the chosen dances.. Read More
02-12-2017 2 years 2 weeks ago
Family Threads - July/August 1989
This exhibition was aimed towards reflecting individual interpretations, through the medium of textiles, of the concept of a family, whether it be in the form of a visual metaphor as with Liz Pembroke’s work or perhaps, more simply, as a response to the presence of a particular member of a family, as with Betty Myerscough. The Artists and Their Work: Read More
21-02-2012 5 years 44 weeks ago
Political Patchworks 2 June/September 1991
An exhibition of 23 quilts, each 6ft x 6ft, made by the community of Silverdale, North Staffordshire, to commemorate Fanny Deakin (1883-1968), Silverdale’s extraordinary spokeswoman and political activist. Fanny Deakin was a founder member of the Labour Party in Silverdale, becoming the first woman councillor on the Wolstanton Urban District Council in 1921.  A miners wife, she was a champion of local people and fought for better conditions, particularly for women and children. In 1947 a maternity hospital was named after her. Read More
19-09-2012 5 years 44 weeks ago
Political patchworks September/November 1989
Arpilleras: Textiles from Chile Read More
08-06-2012 7 years 36 weeks ago
Secret Gardens August/October 1988
'The universal concept of the secret garden, ancient and hallowed, is vital to psychic life, whether as a creation of the imagination, or as a real place.’    Read More
08-06-2012 4 years 21 weeks ago
The Common Thread – The Scottish T.U.C. Touring Exhibition February/March 1991
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08-09-2012 7 years 30 weeks ago
The Ribbon of Peace October/December 1990
This was an exhibition of a selection of works from the thousands of banners that made up The Ribbon Of Peace. 50 of the 150 individual banners that came to the UK were exhibited at the Blackie. Read More
19-09-2012 7 years 36 weeks ago
WOManweb January/February 1991
“Many minds, but one heart.” (Chelmsford Branch banner of the NUGW). All of the banners collected together for this exhibition, with the exception of the Suffrage banner, were the work of women in Merseyside and the North West. Some of them were simply made – produced quickly for a demonstration; some of them contained months and months of intricate work and patience. Read More
08-09-2012 5 years 44 weeks ago
‘ANIMALS: for the use of ...’ May/June 1989 29-05-2012 5 years 44 weeks ago
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