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Yorkshire and Humberside
29 January 2020  -  29 January 2020

Fabric of Our Lives – tour

fabric of our lives

Fabric of Our Lives

by Matilda Velevitch and Sol Aizcorbe

Opening January 29th, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1DS

Fabric of Our Lives – An immersive Photographic and Textile Exhibition set to tour the UK in 2020, opens January 29th as part of ARTWALK Wakefield.

Fabric of Our Lives is a new installation by artist Matilda Velevitch and photographer Sol Aizcorbe. It comprises of seven large hanging tapestries, a photographic exhibition and ambient audio stories. As the viewer walks through the space, they will be immersed in the artistic workshop environment where these pieces were first created.

Fabric of Our Lives was devised as an artistic project for Refugee Week, to accompany the UK Tour of award winning play, THREE MOTHERS in 2019. The themes are Women Moving Forward, Female Refugee and Asylum Seekers, the Textile Industry and Home.

In 2019, a series of fabric based artistic workshops were held for women in former Textile towns (Wakefield, Bradford, Bolton and Manchester) which historically and currently receive a large number of Migrants and Asylum Seekers. Further workshops were held at the Migration Museum London, the Whitworth Gallery, Refugee Week, Sheffield and in a Safe house for Refugee Women in Calais.

The participants (refugees, asylum seekers and locally born women) who share the same “neighbourhood,” are the contributing artists. Their tapestry work, their stories and their portraits have been curated into an exhibition made up of:

– Tapestry of Our Lives: 7 hanging collaborative tapestries

– Portraits of Our Lives: A photographic exhibition (52 prints) made up of four categories: Portraits, Industry, Connection and Calais.

– Snippets of Our Lives: An immersive audio ambience made up of collected and shared anecdotes during the workshops.

– Workshops: Free Fabric of Our Lives Workshops with the artists will be held during the Artwalk exhibition.