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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.

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You must register separately for each session you are interested in. Once registered you will  receive an email with the link to the event. Please keep this safe.


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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