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Fabric: Touch and Identity

Sat 14 Mar – Sun 14 Jun

Playful and provocative, this exhibition explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance.

Understand how fabric helps to shape and communicate identity, how it expresses sensuality and sexuality, and its symbolism in different cultures.

Featuring works by Beverly Ayling-Smith, Annie Bascoul, Maxine Bristow, Nigel Hurlstone, Raisa Kabir, Alice Kettle, Susie MacMurray, Cathy de Monchaux, Ruta Naujalyte, Suzumi Noda, Liz Rideal, Nina Saunders, Alison Watt, Vivenne Westwood and Bob White, as well as the new installation Ogi no mai / Japanese Fanfare by Reiko Sudo and Adrien Gardère.

Curated with Professor Alice Kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Professor Lesley Millar (University for the Creative Arts) this exhibition is developed from the three year research project ‘The Erotic Cloth’, the first outcome of which has been the book The Erotic Cloth (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).


Header image: Susie MacMurray, After Shell, 2006, Mussell shells stuffed with velvet, Commissioned by Pallant House Gallery (2006) © Susie MacMurray