Conference: Textiles, Communication & Politics

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The Textile Society: 32nd Annual Conference

Dates: 7 Nov – 9 Nov 2014
Wellcome Centre
Euston Road,
London. NW1 2BE

The Textile Society conference, will take place over the weekend of Rememberance Sunday, in the centenary year of the First World War, and will explore the theme of textiles and politics.

The Saturday will feature a number of papers that explore different aspects of this fascinating topic. Study trips are being planned for the Friday morning and Sunday morning, and a conference dinner on Friday evening. The AGM will take place on Friday afternoon.

Details will be updated on their website as they become available. Notices of updates will be posted on twitter, so follow us to be sure to keep up to date.

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The political nature of textiles can be evidenced through cloth past and present, from many different cultures. Through textiles we communicate
personal and social narratives and engender cultural identity. Textiles can be the conduit to bring people together in society, revealing shared values and concerns. Textiles can commemorate events and act as propaganda or social commentary, they can tell our stories and shape our ideas. The history of textiles is highly politicised. Textiles are part of a hierarchical value system where high and low art distinctions are drawn between fine art and craft, where textiles and gender are inextricably linked. Textiles have served the political purpose of institutions and individuals but also challenged them.

The 2014 Textile Society conference explores the theme of Textiles, Communication and Politics from historical and contemporary perspectives. Confirmed speakers include: Textile historians and conservators Jacquie Hyman and Vivian Lochhead, textile practitioners Paddy Hartley (Project Façade), Nigel Hurlstone, Claire Barber, Gavin Fry and Lynn Setterington, and fair trade and textile manufacturing specialists Seher Mirza and Labour Behind the Label.

Provisional Conference Programme
Friday 7th November:
An exhibition on Watts of Westminster has been curated by Mary Schoeser at the Fashion and Textile Museum. We have arranged a special tour of this exhibition by our president Mary Schoeser and a presentation by Dr. Brenda King. Visit commences at 11am. Maximum 20 people.

AGM 3.15pm Wellcome Centre (Free).

Opening conference: speaker 1 (Free).

Conference dinner in London. Venue to be confirmed (expected set menu at approx.£25 per

Sat 8th November:

Main conference. £60 members/£80 non-members. Registration 9.30 -10.20
Conference commences 10.20 and finishes 5.30. Lunch and refreshments included.

Sunday 9th November:

The Textile Society have arranged a special tour of the Jane Morris and Rossetti special exhibition at the William Morris Gallery at 11am. Price to be confirmed, but at a reduced cost to members. Maximum 20 people.




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