Public Art Engagement: The Effectiveness of Hands-on Craft Practice in Our Digital Age
This paper enables readers to engage in the creation of a collaborative cloth-based artwork. It also explores the realities of arts engagement and some of the pitfalls and rewards. The work is based around the notion of signature quilts, cloths made as records of community in the 19th century in the US as people moved West, resonances to displaced communities today abound. Following several public engagement projects in 2010 with disparate groups in the North West of England around this theme, this paper also demonstrates using visual evidence, how skill sharing and making can be used to encourage and enable dialogue and understanding.
||Arts Engagement, Collaborative Engagement, Community Arts, Crafts, Skill Sharing, Cross Cultural Exchange
The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.65-73.
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Senior Lecturer (0.5), School of Art, Freelance Artist/Maker, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
My specialist area of practice is public engagement and contemporary textiles. My work is held in public and private collections including the V&A, Whitworth Art Gallery and Embroiderers Guild. I am currently Public Engagement Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University and Senior Lecturer in the School of Art.
I have a wide range of experience including running and co-ordinating large-scale commissions and have also worked with groups across a broad spectrum of social and culturally diverse backgrounds. I am a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists a member of Rogue Artists Studio and an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska.