New Walk Museum and Art Gallery welcomes acclaimed UK-based artist Maggie Scott who explores the tensions and contradictions of Black British identity in newly commissioned work as part of the national crafts initiative the shape of things.
Through her large-scale textile and installation works, Maggie Scott seeks to open a dialogue on the subject of British identity and representation. Her textile works use double-aspect images to juxtapose personal memories and historical events, bringing to light hidden continuities and connections in British lives.
Maggie Scott is well-known for her sumptuously crafted felt textiles and her latest large-scale works draw out the aesthetic and symbolic potential of the laborious process of felting. Often assumed to be 'women's work', felt here becomes the fabric of interwoven narratives and shared lives.
the shape of things is an ambitious and exciting artists' exhibition and venue development initiative for contemporary crafts. the shape of things aims to encourage a contemporary crafts professional practice, audience and market that is culturally diverse and representative.
This exhibition, together with the shape of things initiative, has been generously supported by Arts Council England.