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Material Matters

June 12 @ 10:00 am - August 1 @ 4:00 pm

Traditionally, stone, metal, clay, and wood were carved, moulded, and cast to make sculpture. Material Matters explores how artists working today use, adapt or manipulate these traditional materials or processes to make contemporary sculptural work. All of the artists consider the role of craft in sculpture and the exciting juxtapositions that materials can initiate. The artists work across different disciplines; from sculpture, to textiles, moving image and craft, with an exciting range of materials and processes. Material Matters responds to the global pandemic by exploring the work of sculptural artists & ways they can exhibit in a post-COVID-19 world.

The artists

Material matters presents four new work commissions by Rhian Cooke, Hannah Robson (pictured), Ian Jackson, and Connor Shields alongside work by Bijan Amini Alavijeh, Katrina Cowling, Clare Holdstock, Dominic Hopkinson, Becca Macdonald, Julia McKinlay, Laura Porter, James Thompson, Jane Walkley, Mary Watson, and Lee Mok Yee.

What else is happening?

Material Matters is accompanied by a new catalogue featuring artist interviews, images, writing and a new poem by the artist Stephen Harvey. As well as a series of sculpture focussed workshops and digital events, and an artist research residency in collaboration with the Sunny Bank Mills Archive. TBA.

The project is made possible with thanks to funding from Arts Council England.


June 12 @ 10:00 am
August 1 @ 4:00 pm

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