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Cloth and Clothing: Poetry and Art Workshop

with Amanda Holiday

Sat 30 September 2023
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm


About the Workshop

Participants will start the day exploring our exhibition Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles, which features an incredible collection of textiles made in the mid 20th century.

You’ll then go on to explore other types of textiles from around the world and take a look at how they are used in art and fashion.

Have a go at recreating your favourite piece from the exhibition using charcoal or take inspiration from the woven fabrics to create a warp and weft collage poem.

This fun-packed morning is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in art, poetry and fashion to explore their creativity and try out a new skill.

Suitable for children and young people aged 12 – 16.

About the Artist

Artist, poet and filmmaker Amanda Holiday completed a degree in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art in 1987. She exhibited with and was active in the 2nd wave of the black British art movement before moving into film & scriptwriting – directing short experimental films for the Arts Council, BFI and Channel 4 before studying briefly at the NFTS. Between 2001-10, she lived in Cape Town where she wrote and directed several educational television series.

Her chapbook ‘The Art Poems’ was published in April 2018 as part of New Generation African Poets (Tano) chapbox series from Akashic books (US). She completed the Creative Writing (Poetry MA) at UEA in 2019 and her poetry has appeared or will appear in Prairie Schooner (US), South Bank Poetry Magazine, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, amberflorazine, Lolwe, ANMLY (US), CUSP anthology and Frieze.

In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and founded the UK’s first crowdfunded poetry press Black Sunflowers.

Accompanying the exhibition, Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles. 

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