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a yarn, laura harrington is a work exploring textile supply chains, this image shows an industrial factory using chemical processes to dye textiles
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YARN – Discussion with Laura Harrington, Michael Crang & Dawn Bothwell

Friday 16 September Exhibition open from 5pm, Talk 6-8pm The Shieldfield Centre

Join us to expand on the environmental focus of exhibition Habit, Ability! by highlighting ways of working, thinking, and acting which challenge the current fashion industry within the dominant Capitalist system.


Friday 16 September 

Exhibition open from 5pm, Talk 6-8pm

The NewBridge Project Gallery space 

Programme Director at The NewBridge Project, Dawn Bothwell will hold a conversation and Q&A with artist Laura Harrington and Michael Crang, Professor of Geography, Durham University, discussing Laura’s work, its questioning of textile supply chains and the far-reaching impacts of water pollution by industrial textiles processes.

We will present two new textile artworks in the current exhibition Habit, Ability! by artists Laura Harrington and Katie Pollard.

Pollard’s Dye Garden will be open on the gallery balcony space.

A Yarn is project with Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistolleto in Biella at the foothills of the Italian alps. The aim of the project was to bring artistic research to question the different processes constituting the textile production supply chains.

This weekend of events at The NewBridge Project is part of a week-long national launch of The Reading Room, focussing on the new Pluto Press book: Tansy E Hoskins ‘Stitched Up – The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’.

This event adds and presents two textile artworks to the current exhibition ‘Habit, Ability!’ by Laura Harrington and Katie Pollard.

About Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington is an artist based in Newcastle. Her work explores the complex relations between humans and unstable/overlooked landscapes. Her practice of film-making, installation, drawing, fieldwork and listening seeks to create works that centre on an idea of ‘upstream consciousness’, that draws on upland ecologies to think about various relations and connections.

Recent exhibitions and residencies include EKO8 (Slovenia), MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK), Projections (Tyneside Cinema, UK), UNIDEE/Cittadellarte, (Biella, Italy), Hangmen Projects (Stockholm), HIAP (Helsinki International Arts Programme, Finland), Durham University (Leverhulme), Invisible Dust, UK, Woodhorn Museum, UK, BALTIC 39, UK, VARC, UK and AV Festival 12, UK. She is practice-based doctoral researcher at Northumbria University.

Laura’s Website

About Katie Pollard

Katie Pollard an artist and studio holder at NewBridge she is currently cultivating a dye-garden at NewBridge using our balcony spaces. She uses these dyes in her own textile artworks. We will exhibit one of her works adding it to the Habit, Ability! exhibition – a new textile seasonal wall-hanging made with natural dyes, and she will participate in an event with the following.

Katie’s Website

About Professor Michael Crang

Mike Crang’s interests lie in the field of cultural geography. He has worked on the relationship of social memory and identity. Within this he focused empirically upon on practices of public and oral history, photography and museums looking especially at examples in the UK and Sweden. This interest feeds into looking at what people make of landscapes and thus the study of tourism more generally.

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The NewBridge Project
Shieldfield Centre
4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)
Newcastle upon Tyne

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