Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Connecting Threads Exhibition Goes Live!

Its been a whirlwind week! Monday saw our last session with the Mustard Tree where participants stitched their hearts out to ensure their work was ready for the exhibition. 

Thursday was a flurry of hammering nails, framing prints and applying vinyl letters as we began to install the work in the fantastic space at Manchester Digital Laboratory. We had help from some brilliant volunteers including students from the Manchester School of Art's Embroidery degree. On Friday, there was big push to get everything ready  for the arrival of the first guests at the preview.

Participating artists from the Booth Centre and the Mustard Tree spoke about how pleased they were to see their work framed, mounted and exhibited in a gallery space. The mood was celebratory as we toasted the project with some incredible mini cupcakes! Visitors were all very positive about the work and interested in the stories conveyed in the prints and embroideries.

A key interactive part of the exhibition is Follow the Thread a wall featuring an ongoing story initiated during the sessions with the groups. Each participant was asked to complete the sentence; 'On my way here I saw..'. We began to build up snapshots of life in the city. Visitors to exhibition are invited to contribute their own sights and ideas to the story. 

Connecting Threads at Manchester Digital Laboratory is open to the public from 16th - 22nd September (10-4pm Saturday and Sunday,  11-6pm weekdays). Join us for free creative activities in the space (and tea and cake!)

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