A new exhibition brought together by leading textile artist and educator Alice Kettle is opening at Manchester’s Portico Library next week.
Made in Translation is a collaborative project between craft practitioners and researchers in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and The Library.
Manchester School of Art and the University’s Manchester Writing School have joined colleagues in Humanities to respond to a chosen text or texts. From Captain Cook’s travels, to the Shaker movement, hot air ballooning and fern collecting,
The Portico Library has provided a rich source for creative response. With new writing and objects, performances and photographs, the exhibition will not only be a presentation of works but also an artist book catalogue.
As part of the Library’s 2016/17 Reading and Writing Non-Fiction project, they have drawn on subject areas from natural history and meteorology to colonialism and the industrial revolution to expand their practices and develop new pieces across disciplines.
A new book, commissioned for the project by The Portico Library and designed by Jonathan Hitchen, will be published to coincide with the exhibition and will be available to buy throughout. Featuring all of the artists and writers’ new work and documentation of their research, it features photography by David Penny and introductions from project leader Alice Kettle, Portico Library curator James Moss and writing lecturer Matthew Carlin – with support from The Paper Library.
Made in Translation
Exhibition and book launch
Thursday 27th April – Wednesday 3rd June 2017
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3HY
Supported by The Zochonis Charitable Trust