Programme 2023

Material Memory

Nothing holds memories better than fabric. Passed down through generations for commemoration or passed on for safe care in dangerous times, it is mobile, mendable and holds memories within its threads.

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Material Memory was a display of textile items, from football shirts to wedding dresses, loaned by members of the public, alongside the stories they tell. Made precious by the care taken to keep them safe, the value placed on them by those who have prolonged their life and the deep connections they have created, sometimes
across centuries and continents.

Challenging the throw away culture of our time, this exhibition demonstrated the deeply human desire to hold the simplest things dear.

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This project was co-commissioned with The Super Slow Way.