“Shown at Gawthorpe Hall, Alice Kettle’s Thread Bearing Witness is a major series of large textiles that consider issues of cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement, while engaging with individual migrants and their creativity within the wider context of the global refugee crisis. The works present the individual and collective textile narratives of refugees and asylum seekers.”
Alice Kettle’s large-scale textile installation in the barn at Gawthorpe Hall detailed her collaborative work with refugees and asylum seekers. The works, individually titled Sea, Ground and Sky, utilised cotton, rayon and metallic thread on printed canvas as a way to “encourage understanding in a chronicle of shared making”.
Thread Bearing Witness was financially supported by Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester; Manchester Metropolitan University; Design Manchester and public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Thread Bearing Witness was also supported by Hampshire Cultural Trust and The Artists Agency.