In Conversation with artist Deborah Gardner and Professor Ann Sumner

Bradford Industrial Museum

Sat 13 May 2017

Relating to the the Interweave selection of drawings by Deborah Gardner in the Cafe Gallery at the Museum, hear how the commission came about with artist Deborah Gardner, Lecturer of Art and Design, School of Design, University of Leeds and Professor Ann Sumner, the University's Head of Cultural Engagement.

Professor Sumner will interview Deborah in an informal discussion 12 - 1pm in the Learning Room. Free entry. RSVP: 01274 435900

At the centre of the Yorkshire Year of Textiles project, organised through the Cultural Institue at the University of Leeds, the life of sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe is commemorated. In later life Cunliffe suffered with arthritis. Deborah Gardner reflects, through a body of drawings, on the effects of arthritis on hands. This exploration ranges from studies of arthritic hands from members of the PPI group at the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit and a recognition of their support for one another. Underpinning this is a consideration of the increased risk for textile workers to develop arthritis, an examination of weave patterns and their similarities with human anatomical structures and an acknowledgement of the considerable contribution of workers' hands in the preparation of worsted yarn for weaving at what was Moorside Mills, now Bradford Industrial Museum. 

Deborah Gardner is a visual artist who exhibits nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, cemetries, sculpture parks, industrial regeneration sites and stie-responsive projects. Most recently she completed a residency, Conway Actants, at Conway Hall, London, an exhibition Monument at the Musee des Beaux Arts, Calais and is currently in a two person exhibition, Texture of Place, touring from Poland to the Ukraine, which reflects on the legacy of the textile industry in both Central Europe and Yorkshire. Deborah is a member of the Royal Society of British Sculpture. 

Join us from 1 - 3pm downstairs in the exhibition for refreshments and a chance to chat more about this remarkable project. 

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