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BONDS

Top Floor Art Studio Group Exhibition


"Bond - something that binds, fastens, confines or holds together'.


Top Floor Art is delighted to host 'BONDS'  - August Craft Month exhibition (8 Aug - 7 Sept, 2019) presented by the Top Floor Art Studio Group.


All are invited to join us as we launch this exhibition exploring 'Bonds' on the 8 August, from 7pm.



ABOUT 'BONDS': Whether material, emotional, familial, political, premium, chemical, or kinky, our studio group have had a whale of a time flexing their creative muscles and throwing off the shackles of the humdrum to bring you their artistic response to 'BONDS'. Expect thought-provoking textiles and mixed media, a splash of humour and our usual Top Floor Art welcome!

Visit the exhibition from 9 August to 7 September during opening hours. Please note that the building is not fully accessible, if you have mobility difficulties please contact us before you visit and we will do our best to accommodate. 

Read more about the Top Floor Art Studio Group on this website shortly.

Images: 'I am Patient' - detail, Emma Whitehead (below). Artwork by Lynda Kelly (above right).



 TOP FLOOR ART:  PART OF NATIONWIDE ART PROJECT TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF THE WOMEN’S VOTE (2018)

Top Floor Art was delighted to support for PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote.  

PROCESSIONS was produced by Artichoke, the UK’s largest producer of art in the public realm, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary.

PROCESSIONS invited women and girls across the UK to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century. 

Top Floor Art in partnership with Rowallane Community Hub was one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country in the lead-up to the event, as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops to create 100 centenary banners which formed part of this vast artwork.

The banner-making workshops focused on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign and taking into considation the power of the vote today and our shared future. The banners represented and celebrated the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds. 

Top Floor Art  and Rowallane Community Hub also ran a series of workshops with the Top Floor Art Studio Group and Craft Circle, local craft group Killyleagh Crafty Ladies and as part of the Get Creative Festival 2018 where members of the public participated in the project by adding buttons,beads and stitching to the banner.

Working with textile Artist Emma Whitehead, participants took the opportunity to discuss and research the history of the women's suffrage movement; it's relevance today and feed into the design, construction and decoration of this unique centenary banner.  

The Procession banners have since been toured extensively across the UK.




                        

 


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