Thursday, January 12, 2012

'Textiles: art, culture, heritage', Annual CTN Conference, Cork

A Two Day Festival of Textiles from Britain and Ireland’s Leading Contemporary Textile Artists
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2012 

Western Gateway Building
Western Road, 

Elizabeth Brimelow , Nigel Cheney, Emer Fahy, Eileen France, Amanda Gizzi , Matthew Harris, Libby Heckett, Annie Hutchinson, Allie Kay , Jenny Monks, Lesley Stothers, Virginia Teehan 

The CTN Annual Textile Conference has grown in strength, and prestige since it began, and the number of attendees rises each year. This year, to cater for the numbers and also for anyone who may not be practice textiles, but has an interest in art, history or archaeology of textiles, half day and day tickets are now available.

On Saturday there will be talks by renowned textile artists including Matthew Harris, Elizabeth Brimelow, Amanda Gizzi. Speakers also include Eileen France on the ‘Cork Museum Lace Collection’, and Emer Fahy, ‘A History of Irish Quilts'.

 Harry Clarke, Stained Glass, Honon Chapel, Cork

“The Honan Chapel, in UCC, and its liturgical collection are products of the Irish Arts & Crafts Movement (1894-1925). The designers were searching for a new sense of Irish national identity on the threshold of political independence from Britain. This was expressed by looking back to the traditions of Celtic art and Hiberno-Romanesque architecture and blending them with contemporary tastes for Art Nouveau.” 

Textile Archaeologist, Libby Heckett, will give a talk on the Honan Textiles, while former director of the Hunt Museum, and current director of Cultural Projects at UCC, Virginia Teehan will give a talk on the Chapel  

On Sunday there will be workshops in Sketchbooks, Patchwork, Weaving, Needle-Felt
Machine Embroidery and Wire Forms

Workshops run Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm with an hour for lunch
*except Matthew Harris workshop which runs Saturday 2.00 to 5.00pm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm

For more information and to download the brochure and application form, visit

Non-members: Saturday €60, Half-day €35, Sunday €90
Members: Saturday €50, Half-day €30, Sunday €80

Early registration ensures a place in your chosen workshop.

• All workshops are on the ground floor
• There will be restaurant facilities on site, both days
• The No.8 bus from the city centre stops directly outside the Western Gateway Building
• Parking is free and adjacent to the building
• There is plenty of accommodation on Western Road within walking distance of the venue
Suggestions available on the website
• Bring lists, and further information on the speakers and workshops will be on the website and on Facebook

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