seam collective was selected for a month-long research residency at The Holburne Open, supported by The Holburne Museum, Bath. The residency took place at The Edge Gallery at the University of Bath from 25 Mar. - 23 Apr. 2022. We used the space, time and opportunity to work together as a collective to research and trial ideas for a touring exhibition. We challenged ourselves to make new work based around the theme of making thread visible. We are hoping to tour different iterations of this exhibition to a number of galleries in 2023-24.

We shared the space with another artist, Jack Lewdjaw. We're extremely grateful to The Holburne Museum staff for this opportunity and for their support throughout. Special thanks to curator, Will Cooper.  

I joined the collective in January 2022 so it was the most fabulous opportunity to get to know members of the group that I had only met in person once. I was able to be there a lot so I was also very pleased to be able to trial some installation ideas with new and recent works and also to faciliatate the first iteration of the socially engaged queer and subversive permission to play with Oly Bliss.  It was a wonderfully busy and productive time. 

There are several blog posts on the seam collective website, all written by me, which document and reflect on our research at The Holburne Open. There are lots more photos too:

'A Visible THREAD research residency', 1 Mar 2022

'A fantastic first week', 1 April 2022

'Introducing Lou Baker', 15 April 2022

'Endings and beginnings', 13 May 2022

There is also more detail about permission to play on the seam website, including the theories behind the idea in A deeper dive into permission to play

Follow @seam_collective on Instagram for more images of the residency and details about forthcoming exhibitions etc. 

Also, for images and more detail of my new  works at the residency, please visit:

(m)other, 2022

(m)other 2, 2022

Made flesh, 2022

Entrails, 2022

and some trial installations of older works:

Parts of me, 2021

Shadow sacks, 2019

Pillars of fire and rage, 2018-19


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