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Cloth Cultures with Amber Butchart & Gillian Berry

Saturday 23rd October
16.30 – 17.30
FREE but booking required via eventbrite

 

Creative Lancashire is collaborating with Amber Butchart to present a series of Conversations in Creativity talks to further explore the themes responded to by artists & makers contributing to the British Textile Biennial programme.

British Textile Biennial invited fashion historian Amber Butchart to curate this new exhibition featuring items from the Gawthorpe Textile Collection shown for the first time at Haworth Art Gallery, a beautiful Arts & Crafts House imbued with a sense of place and the context of the textile industry in Accrington.

For this Conversations in Creativity, Amber is joined by Gillian Berry, who is a museum professional working in the sector for over 15 years. Gillian’s interests lie in heritage from below, working class histories and transformational art.

Berry has presented at the Corning Museum of Glass Annual Seminar of Glass on her research work on Joseph Briggs a working class born Accrington man who went on to become the President of Tiffany Studios, New York, USA.

About the Participants:

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, writer and broadcaster who specialises in the cultural and political history of textiles and dress. She is a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and is a regular public lecturer across the UK’s leading arts institutions. She researches and presents documentaries for television and radio, including the six-part series A Stitch in Time for BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. Amber is an external adviser for the National Crime Agency as a Forensic Garment Analyst, working on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. She has published five books on the history and culture of clothes, including The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic, and a history of British fashion illustration for the British Library. 

amberbutchart.com

Gillian Berry is a museum professional working in the sector for over 15 years. Interests lie in heritage from below, working class histories and transformational art. Arts and creativity have the ability to drive social change and help to develop ambitious futures for disadvantages places and people. Partnership work at all levels has recently become a focus as a means to improve cultural access for Hyndburn. Berry has presented at the Corning Museum of Glass Annual Seminar of Glass on her research work on Joseph Briggs a working class born Accrington man who went on to become the President of Tiffany Studios, New York, USA.

haworthartgallery.org