Welfare Imaginaries

I was pleased to have been invited to speak at the Welfare Imaginaries first seminar in a series last month. It’s great that the organisers knew about Shoddy and wanted to include a disability narrative in this project, which examines how ideas of welfare state have been constructed over time. Here are the notes of … More Welfare Imaginaries

UK Disability History Month event: Disabled people and the gallery

UK Disability History Month takes place from 22 Nov – 22 Dec. This year’s theme is Disability and Art, so I hosted Art Chat at Leeds Art Gallery on Friday 24th November, with a focus on disabled people and the Gallery. The publicity for the event said: Thinking about Leeds Art Gallery as a building and about the artworks … More UK Disability History Month event: Disabled people and the gallery

Shoddy work: challenging assumptions about disabled women artists

As mentioned in an earlier post, I was invited to submit an essay for a publication that formed part of the Cut Cloth project on contemporary textiles and feminism, organised by Sarah-Joy Ford. The beautiful publication was launched last night at the Whitworth in Manchester, and is available to buy on the Cut Cloth website. … More Shoddy work: challenging assumptions about disabled women artists

Not quiet & orderly

So, here is my presentation from this week’s Heritage Show + Tell. The rule for Show + Tell is strict: three slides, three minutes, so you have to be very disciplined! The other presentations were all really interesting and engaging. Mills and Boom: falling back in love with our textile mills by Deborah Wall from Historic England was … More Not quiet & orderly

Thackray Uncovered

I’m looking forward to visiting Thackray Uncovered, a new exhibition at the Thackray Medical Museum 13th March – 30th June, particularly because two of the three artists involved took part in Shoddy exhibitions last year. Also because I worked with the Thackray to deliver a workshop about Lorina Bulwer’s workhouse embroideries. Gemma Nash and Hayley … More Thackray Uncovered

Books, rhubarb, shoddy #InternationalArtistsBookFair

Shoddy had a great time at the 20th International Contemporary Artists Book Fair at the Tetley in Leeds last weekend. You can see the list of exhibitors here: http://www.leedsartbookfair.com/artist-book-fair/ As well as the Shoddy publication, our stall showed work by two of the artists who took part in the exhibition. Carrie Scott Huby and Vickie … More Books, rhubarb, shoddy #InternationalArtistsBookFair