Textile Archive Exhibition 'Picked' for £15000 Grant

fabric sample from Bradford Textile Archive used for inspiration by one of the artists in Pick & Mix

Staff at Bradford College Textile Archive are the delighted recipients of an Arts Council Grant for the Arts. The grant will enable a group of twenty contemporary artists to take inspiration from the Bradford College Textile Archive collections to create new exciting art works in eclectic media for an exhibition to be held in the Bradford College’s Dye House Gallery iJane Vanroe finding inspiration from the Textile Archive for her artworkn 2015.

The Bradford College Textile Archive is a repository and teaching resource, with unique collections which offer rich inspiration and research material for designers and academic researchers of textiles and local social and economic history. The archive comprises a number of collections, which together hold the secrets of Bradford’s local, international, industrial past.  As a proud pioneer in education, the College recognised the importance of its own contribution to the global industry and accessioned unique student workbooks containing lecture notes and designs. Today, the archive holds many thousand fabric samples from across the globe, offering rich inspiration for designers and artists across the creative spectrum. You can see more by visiting the Bradford College Textile Archive website.

“The Pick & Mix exhibition (pick being a play on the textile term 'weft') will be a celebration of Bradford’s eclectic, contemporary, artistic talent. The aim is to promote the Bradford College Textile Archive as valuable, current, relevant design inspiration resource across all arts disciplines, thus reaching a new, wider audience. Artists will be  encouraged to consider all the collections within the Archive , ‘Pick’ one or more historic pieces to explore and then ‘Mix’, that is, reinterpret into contemporary artworks using different construction techniques, materials and technologies, perhaps for senses other than visual."

Helen Farrar, Bradford College Textile Archive Curator, who devised the exhibition

The new works will be exhibited in the Dye House Gallery alongside the original inspiration pieces. The space formally known as the Bradford Gallery was originally established in 2000 through Arts Council and ERDF funding.  The space was originally a dye house, built as part of a purpose built vertical textile mill for the teaching of textiles for the local industry. The Dye House Gallery refurbishment is part of a Skills Funding Agency grant that the College has been awarded to renovate its historic Lister Building.

 “We are very grateful to the Arts Council for their support, the grant will enable a unique exhibition which I am sure will create much interest and promote the Textile Archive to a wider audience.”

Clare Lamkin, Bradford College Arts and Cultural Events Manager