The research residency

seam textile collective was selected to exhibit at The Andrew Brownsword Gallery as part of a new experimental, open submission arts programme in partnership with The Holburne Museum. The collective was in residence from 25 March-23 April as they used the gallery as a test space to explore ideas for their upcoming touring exhibition A Visible THREAD, due to open in November 2022.

Through this research residency the artists’ aim was to challenge one another and their audiences to experiment, rethink their relationships to thread, investigate its materiality, possibilities and limitations, take part and play. The gallery was transformed into a lively, welcoming, dynamic and thought-provoking incubator, which changed over time.

The seam artists who took part in this residency, covered a diverse range of textile disciplines, they were: Desiree Jeans, Gill Hewitt, Helen MacRitchie, Jane Colquhoun, Joy Merron, Julie Heaton, Lou Baker, Lydia Needle, Nina Gronw-Lewis, Oliver Bliss and Penny Wheeler.