Workshops and Events

Gaining Ground: Expanding Knowledge

Friday 13th October


Haworth Art Gallery, Manchester Road, Accrington BB5 2JS

Expanding on research collated from Gaining Ground, this panel conversation will be centred around understanding the preservation of craft. The conversation will act as an educational tool to address the “difficulties of preserving craft knowledge – challenged by colonialism, capitalism, global socioeconomic forces, power structures” and what that means to each project.

Hosted by Tiya Dahyabhai and Kim Chin from Crafts Council’s Equity Advisory Council, the panel will feature artists whose projects are represented in the Gaining Ground exhibition. The panel conversation will be an opportunity for the audiences to exchange with each other and with the guest speakers, to share and learn global knowledge and craft methodologies.

To find out more about the Equity Advisory Council, click here.

This event is part of the Conversations in Creativity series in collaboration with Creative Lancashire.


Tiya Dahyabhai

Tiya Dahyabhai is a curator, material researcher and community workshop facilitator within the museum sector. Tiya works at the Design Museum and is a Museums Advisor for South Asian Heritage Month. Her curatorial design practice connects multigenerational audiences through storied collections. To explore the British South Asian diasporic experience, she explores material and visual cultures in the home, youth movements and diaspora representation in popular culture. Tiya also runs interdisciplinary workshops in galleries, community centres and studios across London to demonstrate the accessibility of traditional and contemporary textile processes.

Kim Chin

Kim Chin is a British ESEA-Caribbean textile artist, independent curator and community producer. Kim co-designs and facilitates workshops that embed her textile practice and the love language of food as a vehicle for intergenerational exploration, connection and liberation. The interaction of embodied knowledge with wider cultural influences and structures is framed within a collective practice of anti-discriminatory care. As part of different ESEA community groups that amplify intersectional voices of East and Southeast Asian diaspora, Kim co-creates events that enable ESEA histories to be celebrated within British cultural spaces. Organisations include the Southbank, Autograph, Tate Modern, Camden Chinese Community Centre, and the Museum of the Home.

Teal Triggs

Teal Triggs is a Professor of Graphic Design, and PGR Lead for the School of Communication, Royal College of Art. As a design historian, researcher, and educator her work focuses on design pedagogy, participatory practices, self-publishing, and feminism. She is co-editor of the academic journal Design Issues (MIT Press). Her authored books include Fanzines (Thames & Hudson) The Typographic Experiment (Thames & Hudson) and the award-winning children’s activity book The School of Art (Wide-Eyed Editions). Teal’s current research focuses on craft making and intercultural communication. She has recently completed a British Council-funded project with partners Celia Matsunaga (UnB), Matt Lewis (RCA), and Cacique Domingos Munduruku exploring ‘Building a Library for the Future’: Munduruku Craft Practices and Indigenous Knowledge’. Teal is also a founder member of the Women’s Design + Research Unit (WD+RU) which seeks to raise awareness about women working in visual communication and design education.

Ruhul Abdin

Ruhul was born in Maulvibazar, Sylhet, Bangladesh. He grew up in Darlington. His interest and focus on the role of art, design and planning towards achieving social justice led him to study architecture at Kingston, followed by Urban Development Planning at UCL. He has focused his time living between London, primarily the East End in Bow, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This has provided the opportunity to do an exciting tapestry of creative work, and exposure to cultures and histories of the Bangladeshi peoples across many places. His focus and interest on collaborations and socially engaged creative practice led to the establishment of an award winning studio, Paraa – he co-founded with film producer Abbas Nokhasteh and architect Kazi Arefin. The studio focuses on social and environmental justice, and produces works across Architecture, Design, Urban Research, Film, Publications and also teaches across these creative realms. He has also been very involved in the establishment of the charitable organisation, the Oitij-jo Collective. The group have promoted and presented many events and exhibitions on Bangladeshi arts and culture across sites in London since 2013.

Rachel Kelly

Since 2017 Rachel has led two British Council Crafting Futures Research Projects (2018-19)The Creating Sustainable Textile Futures for Women: Digitizing Cordillera Weaving Tradition and (2019) Drafting a New Oral Tradition for Indigenous Philippine Weaving Tradition as research projects which continue to stimulate Rachel’s keen research interest in collaboration and sustainability. Rachel was a practicing textile designer prior to her work in Higher Education. Her designs are held within international museum collections and she still exhibits in leading design global design exhibitions at the Crafts Council, I.C.A London and at MOMA in New York. Rachel Kelly is the International Lead for Design and Specialist Academic Lead for Textiles within the Design Department at Manchester School of Art.

Maman Sidonie, Maman Rachelle, Jess, Maman Françoise
and maman Véanne working at the atelier – Image Credit – Triumvira Productions, DRC