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Lace End-to-End: Exhibiting Lace

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Nottingham Trent University invites you to participate in an online seminar series: ‘Lace End-to-End’. This new online seminar brings together experts in the history of lace from raw materials to circulation, from the cotton plantation to the window curtain and wedding dress. In exploring the (social, cultural, political, and economic) meanings of lace at these various stages of its lifecycle and within global networks of production and consumption, the series will highlight themes of globalisation, technology, sustainability, identity and memory.

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In this session, practitioners discuss how they have exhibited lace in ways that highlight its social context. Sarah Casey (University of Lancaster) discusses her Common Grounds exhibition at the Bowes Museum, which showcased ‘lower status’ or ‘everyday’ lace items, and asks how we decide what is worthy of preserving and exhibiting. Godfried Donkor, who produced Once Upon A Time In the West There Was Lace at Wollaton Hall in 2008, talks about lace as a motif in his work, juxtaposing the exploitation of enslaved Africans in the production of cotton for lacemaking with the current desire for fashionable lace in West Africa.

Sarah Casey is an artist and senior lecturer at Lancaster University UK. Over the past decade she has explored relationships between drawing, (in)visibility and (im)materiality through collaboration with researchers from different fields ranging from archaeology, to astrophysics and anthropology. She is best known for her work drawing historic dress collections. Solo exhibitions of her work have been at Kensington Palace, The Bowes Museum and most recently at Ryerson University, Toronto. She also writes on drawing and is co-author of Drawing Investigations: graphic relationships with science, culture and environment (Bloomsbury 2020). She is currently visiting research fellow at The Henry Moore Institute.

Godfried Donkor is a British-Ghanaian artist employing contemporary painting, mixed media collages, video and printmaking to explore the iconography of mass culture. Mixing styles and imagery from various periods throughout history, Donkor’s work emphasises creolisation as a creative force emerging from the reciprocity of language, culture and social interaction. Donkor’s work is included in selected international collections such as the National Gallery of Botswana, National Collection of Senegal, Nirox Foundation collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington D.C., Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, Spanish Sports Council Collection and the University of Helsinki. Selected group and solo exhibitions include David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London 2019; Battle Royale I, last man standing, Gallery 1957, Accra; The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, Gallery 1957, Accra ,2017; Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris 2017 and Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick 2016 and Speaking of people, Ebony Jet and contemporary Art, Studio Museum in Harlem,USA ,2014. In 2010 Donkor was approached by Puma sports to design a new football kit for the Ghana National Football team. Godfried Donkor is a fellow of visual arts at the Rockerfeller Foundation Bellagio artist in residence fellowship, 2018.

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All events start at 12 pm and are expected to be around an hour.

Image source: Original Format: University of British Columbia Library. Rare Books & Special Collections. World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection. BC 1763.

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