Showcase: Fabric Of The City

We recently had the opportunity to the attend (and give a presentation at) the NTDC 2021 Partner Forum. It was a fascinating day with a focus of future sustainability for Technicians. We particularly enjoyed a showcase of the brilliant work by the Studios and Galleries technical team from Manchester School of Art when stretching and installing ‘Fabric of the City’ – a monumental textile artwork by British artist Alice Kettle. Owen Ramsay, Assistant Technical Officer at The Manchester Metropolitan University gives a full description below:

“The Studios and Galleries technical team from Manchester School of Art reflect with humour and insight on the challenges posed by the stretching and installation of ‘Fabric of the City’ – a monumental textile artwork by British artist Alice Kettle installed in the new Grosvenor East Building.

The work’s unusual scale, pattern matching and the broad array of surface techniques used – from print to digital stitch – posed novel technical complexities for the technicians. Making use of their expertise in art handling, exhibition install, AV, mount making, canvas stretching and picture framing, the team devised bespoke methods that were essential to realising the artwork.”

For more interesting insights and beautiful artwork, you can follow the team on Instagram, which is ran by Owen Ramsay and Robin Broadley.”

 

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