Two-part textiles exhibition

12 November 2018 | Story Supplied. Photo Supplied. Read time 2 min.
A detail of Thicket Garden, a stencil on linen by David Bellamy, with assistance from Nicola Poselthwaite.
A detail of Thicket Garden, a stencil on linen by David Bellamy, with assistance from Nicola Poselthwaite.

 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank will host Artists’ Textiles, an exhibition curated by artist, environmentalist and textile designer David Bellamy, from 17 November to 8 December.

The two-part event, comprising a group show and an installation manufactured by Bellamy’s artisanal textile studio in the smaller gallery, will also act as the launchpad of the Museum of Making and Tomorrow (MOMAT). MOMAT will be introduced by Professor Carolyn Hamilton, of UCT’s Centre for Curating the Archive.

Work on display in the large gallery will be by the likes of Jessica Dorrington, Ruan Hoffmann, Greg Stock and Zayaan Khan. Khan, a seed librarian, uses ferments as her starting point to create weaves, while Stock’s drawing machine produces patterns on cloth, responding to data sent from scientists at drinking water dams – so illustrating the link with water scarcity and availability.

Hoffman will present new ceramic paintings that will be reinterpreted as silkscreened cloth, while Cebo Mvubu and Dorrington, both professional embroiderers, will display their creations.

Visitors will be able to meet some of the participating artists during three walkabouts on 24 November, 1 December and 5 December, all at 11:00.

The installation arranges textile-based works, furniture and clothing as “a set from film that has not yet been made”. The textiles are produced using traditional fine art methods including stencilling, painting and linoleum printing, while sculptor Brendon Edwards will produce furniture elements made from scrapyard metal.

The exhibition is open from 10:00 to 17:00 on Tuesdays to Fridays, and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays, from 17 November to 8 December, at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank.

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