A Visible THREAD

A Visible THREAD brings together new work by artists, designers and researchers from seam collective who are exploring the possibilities of thread. Each person will use their unique perspective and textile discipline to follow a different thread, wherever it may lead them. The exhibition aims to encourage viewers to rethink their relationship to thread, be aware of its materiality, its sustainability, its possibilities and limitations, take part and play.

In March 2022 seam was selected for The Holburne Open, a month-long research residency at the University of Bath, awarded by the Holburne Museum. We used the time, space and opportunities afforded to develop ideas for our forthcoming exhibition tour, working alongside one another, collaborating, connecting with the public and experimenting with ways to make thread more visible in the world of fine art. Since then, we have continued our research and with support from Arts Council England, seam collective is now thrilled to present an exhibition tour of new works which will stimulate thought and conversation.

Alongside the new works we are excited to invite our audience to participate in a programme of interventions and events, both in-person at our tour venues, and online. Keep checking our website, @seam_collective on Instagram, and sign up to seam’s newsletter for announcements and updates.

A Visible THREAD research and exhibitions:

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England:

  • Fine Foundation Gallery, Swanage, 16 May – 7 June 2023
  • Black Swan Arts, Frome, 16 September – 29 October 2023
  • Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, 17 February – 4 May 2024
  • Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, 20 July – 31 August 2024

Read more about our thoughts behind A Visible THREAD in Making thread visible, and our work, the exhibitions and research residency on our blog.