Monday, May 16, 2011

LECTURE Material Evidence: Reinventing Textiles

2011 Maiwa Textile Symposium Lecture

Michael Brennand-Wood     $15
Saturday September 10 - 7:30 pm
Net Loft Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

“I have persistently worked within contested areas of textile practice, embroidery, pattern, lace and recently, floral imagery.”

A defining characteristic of the work of Michael Brennand-Wood is the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources.

This fusion has often placed him in the position of remapping our understanding of technique and tradition: What does it mean to be true to an idea? Brennand-Wood gives his perspective on the future of art textiles both as a curator of textile exhibitions and as a maker himself.

In this lecture Michael Brennand-Wood will focus on selected key themes. These themes map the development of his work, including his exhibition, commission, and public art projects.

Michael Brennand-Wood

Michael Brennand-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles. He is a visual artist, curator, lecturer, and arts consultant. Since 1979 he has occupied a central position in the research, origination, and advocacy of contemporary International Art Textiles. He has exhibited in major galleries and museums world wide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

He won The Creative Concept Award in 1987 and The Fine Art Award in 1989 at the International Textile Competition in Kyoto, followed by the first RSA Art for Architecture Award 1990. In 1990 he was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, British Council, City University, Kyoto, Japan. In 1992 he was 1st Prize Winner at the 3rd International Betonac Prize in Belgium.

From 2001-08 he was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts in conjunction with the University of Ulster to research geometrical complexity in Central Asian textiles at Ulster University, Belfast. In 2007 he won the Fine Art Award, Phaff Art Embroidery Still Life in France.

Mr. Brennand-Wood’s recent activity includes two new works for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds and the development of an interdisciplinary arts programme for Colston Hall, a music venue in Bristol. He is currently Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. brennand-wood.com

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