The Material Flow exhibition Saturday 28th August to Sunday 22st September will be held in the main gallery of the Museum in the Park, Stroud. The exhibition is part of the Wool & Water Festival, a multi-site event and exhibitions programme taking place in Stroud. The Festival organised by the Stroudwater Textile Trust in collaboration with the Cotswold Canals Trust, is an artistic and creative consideration of the Stroud Valleys’ historical association with the industry of wool production along its riverways and canals over several centuries.
This year artists are asked to respond in their own way to one or more selected archival materials shown below relating to the historically produced cloth: water, landscape and colours, prize sheep, the scarlet cloth of the Redcoats, the colonial project and trade, and industrial histories. We are looking for works of creative engagement with one or more selected artefacts responsive to the broader historical, cultural, textual or industrial background. The work will be of interest to general audiences at the Material Flow exhibition and related events.
There are many factors that made this renowned woollen material possible and artists are invited to consider those wider issues in your response.