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Interested in sewing and making textiles?

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Interested in sewing and making textiles? Then this might be for you…

Tate St Ives’ artist in residence, Adam James, is inviting local people with some experience in sewing or textile production to collaborate in the creation of a series of playful textile works as part of his Play Club project which celebrates St Ives.


Play Club forms part of a bigger project and commission by Tate St Ives in which Adam is collaborating with a group of St Ives residents. The existing group, who meet bi-weekly with Adam, will co-create two fictional community groups with the intention to address shared needs and celebrate the creativity emerging out of the last year. They aim to create individual characters, group identities, attire, and physical forms associated with the imaginary community groups they devise. They will be contributing to simple designs for these textiles, which may include props, banners, and bold costumes connected to narratives devised by Play Club.

We are now inviting textile makers/workers/hobbyists, with differing skills or levels of experience to join the project and participate in the co-creation of:

  • two celebratory banners that may incorporate stitched text and images.
  • 8-9 simple wearable fabric costumes incorporating simple bold stitched patterns.

This is a voluntary opportunity where all materials will be provided and work can be produced from home between May to September 21. These textiles, along with other outcomes of this artist-led project with the St Ives community, will form part of a gallery-based installation by Adam James that will be launched at Tate St Ives at the end of November 2021.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining us or would like more details, please email annabel.wilkes@tate.org.uk This opportunity is open to people who live or work in the St Ives area.