Ben Nicholson (1894 – 1992) Vertical 1937, Jacquard Woven Rayon, Cotton & Cotton Grimp Edinburgh Weavers 120 x 70.5 cms

Common Thread

New Art Centre
Roche Court
East Winterslow

Open by Appointment from 15th June - 28th August

Monday  - Saturday 11am - 4pm by appointment

Gray M.C.A is proud to be associated with the New Art Centre’s innovative exhibition Common Thread. Works from The Gray M.C.A Collection will include textiles designed with Edinburgh Weavers by William Scott (1913 - 1989) and Ben Nicholson (1894 - 1982) and other giants of Modern British Modernism.

Across geographical and cultural boundaries, textile production in its myriad forms is one of the earliest human technologies, with woven and dyed fibre dating back to prehistoric times.  The art of designing textiles has therefore remained a central medium for both utility and creative expression throughout human history.

NewArtCentre’s exhibition Common Thread brings together a group of artists each of whose work focuses on the history of textile technology and design, and their shifting values for people across place and time.  Exploring the ways which certain textile producing technologies are still in effect, while others are being challenged, the works in this exhibition reflect on the place of textiles both in contemporary society, and in art.

Through a range of approaches, the artists in Common Thread each in their own way explore the link between the history of textiles and art. Together, the works on display showcase the ways in which the development of material experimentation has allowed contemporary artists to expand on and learn from traditional textile production in its diversity of forms. The exhibition is therefore a celebration of the return to early methods of artistic creation by both contemporary artists and textile designers alike.

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Please email: [email protected] or call 01980 862244 in advance to arrange your visit.

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Image Caption:

Ben Nicholson (1894 – 1992)
1937, Jacquard Woven Rayon, Cotton & Cotton Grimp
Edinburgh Weavers
120 x 70.5 cms