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Future Exhibition

Material Worlds: Contemporary Artists and Textiles

Fabric of Society by Rae-Yen Song

Rae-Yen Song Fabric of Society

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Wednesday 9 October - Sunday 15 December

The Mead Gallery is the first venue for this ambitious group exhibition from Hayward Gallery Touring. It explores how contemporary artists are using textiles in surprising and radical ways.

Curated by artist Caroline Achaintre, the artists in Material Worlds take the everyday, intimate and accessible qualities of textiles to create artworks that are theatrical, bold, unsettling and humorous.

Spanning a wide range of approaches, the artists in the exhibition share a deep awareness of the cultural significance of textiles, alongside a desire to test their potential as a medium for contemporary art. The familiar, material stuff of everyday life is transformed into the unexpected - the ordinary is made extraordinary - to explore ideas of the body, identity, gender, race, heritage, myth and folklore.

Caroline Achaintre, Tonico Lemos Auad, Jonathan Baldock, Phyllida Barlow , Alexandre Da Cunha, Enam Gbewonyo, Holly Hendry, Paul Maheke, Anna Perach, Yelen Popova, Paloma Proudfoot, Yinka Shonibare, Rae-Yen Song, Tenant of Culture.


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Past Exhibitions

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2024Link opens in a new window Phantom Sculpture / Francis Offman : Economics of Painting and Nicole Bachmann : There are Tides in the Body

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2023Link opens in a new window Katrina Palmer: What's Already Going on / The Reason for Painting

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2022 Link opens in a new windowProphecy / Rana Begum - Dappled Light / Radical Landscapes

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2018 Clare Woods - Reality Dimmed / John Piper

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2017Subodh Gupta: From Far Away Uncle Moon Calls / Room

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2016 The Human Document: The Photography of Persuasion from 1930s America to Present Day / Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space / Gerard Byrne: 1/125 of a Second

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2015 MAKING IT: Sculpture in Britain: 1977-1986 / Imagining a University / Close and Far: Russian Photography Now / John Akomfrah: The Unfinished Conversation

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2014 Uncommon Ground - Land Art in Britain 1966-1979 / Jeremy Deller curates All That is Solid Melts into Air / Unreliable Evidence - The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2013The World Turned Upside Down - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd / Katie Paterson: In Another Time / Artists' Plans for Sustainability Joseph Beuys, Carole Collet, N55, Nils Norman, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Marjetica Potrc / Workplace

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2012 Aeneas Wilder : Untitled #162 / Transitions: drawings from the collection of mima / Maestro: Films by Douglas Gordon Feature Film - Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait / The Indiscipline of Painting - International abstraction from the 1960s to now

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2011Mel Brimfield: This is Performance Art / Dickinson & McCarthy: Greenwich Degree Zero / Tom Hunter: Unheralded Stories / Hubert Dalwood Landscape into Sculpture / Anni Albers: Design Pioneer / Hannah Starkey: Twenty Nine Pictures

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2010 Lindsay Seers - It has to be this way2 / Piranesi's Prisons / Lorsen Camps: Journeys into the Disregarded / Traverse Me: A new map of campus by Jeremy Wood / Destination Works from the University Art Collection / Miguel Palma: Private View/Jaguar Project / Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry selects from the Arts Council Collection

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2009 A Duck For Mr Darwin: Evolutionary Thinking and the Struggle to Exist / Afterwards; curated by Sharon Kivland / Hijack Reality, Let 100,000 Kunstvereine Bloom!

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2008 Stint - Phyllida Barlow / Double Agent / Girl Rider Cullinan and Richards

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2007 Joao Penalva / Hurvin Anderson and Henriette Grahnert / The Painting Show - Slipping Abstraction

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2006 Jonas Mekas: A Brief Glimpse of Beauty / Tomoko Takahashi: Crash Course / DJ Simpson

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2005 Garry Fabian Miller: Real in the World / Yang Fudong: An Estranged Paradise / Yto Barrada: A Life Full of Holes - The Strait Project / Liliane Lijn: Works 1959-1980 / Anne Bjerge Hansen: Middle Lands / Johan Grimonprez: Looking for Alfred / Gary Webb: Deep Heat T-Reg Laguna / Campus: Nancy Davenport, Rainer Ganahl, Christian Philipp Muller

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2004 Mandy Lee Jandrell: Where the Grass is Green / David Burrows: New Life / The Mythological Machine: Images in the Media / EXPO21: Strategies of Display / A Kind of Bliss: Polly Apfelbaum, Katy Dove, Len Lye, Lily van der Stokker / Antony McCall: Film Installations / Story of the Eye: Knut Asdam, A.K. Dolven, Dan Graham

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2003 Adam Dant: The People Who Live on the Plank / Infallible: In Search of the Real George Eliot / On General Release: Artists and Film in Britain 1968-1972 / hey production! Judith Hopf, Pia Ronicke, and the Copenhagen Free University / Steve McQueen: Carib's Leap/Western Deep / The Beachcombers: Geoffrey Farmer, Brian Junger, Myfanwy Macleod / Sian Bowen: Ream / Susanna Heron: Elements

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2002Yuko Shiraishi: Episode / Blast Theory: An Explicit Volume / Vivid - Abstract Paintings / Out of Place: Landscapes from the University of Warwick Art Collection / Nothing / Matthew Smith: The Poetics of Colour

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2001 Bit Parts in Little Theatre / Eleanor Antin: Real Time Streaming / Read-Only Memory: Catherine Elwes, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Catherine Yass / Magna Brava: Magnum's Women Photographers / Terry Frost: Six Decades

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2000Utopias: Cornford & Cross, Rodney Graham, Veli Grano, Matthias Muller, Mariele Neudecker / Victor Pasmore: Changing the Process of Art Education / Victor Pasmore: Changing the Process of Painting / Stealing Beauty: British Design Now / Fresh Masaala: Poloumi Desai, Zineb Sedira, Ali Zaidi

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1999 Kim Lim / John Wood and Paul Harrison: Obstacle Course / Simulacra: Keeping it Real / Different Places: 1960s Abstract Painting and the University / View R: Works in response to the Rugby Collection by David Ward, Hermione Wiltshire and Daphne Wright / Robert Capa: Photographs

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1998 Slow Burn: Meaning and Vision in Contemporary British Abstract Painting / Nineteen Greys: Drawings and prints from the Rugby Collection / Peter Collingwood: Master Weaver / Estelle Thompson: Fuse Paintings 1996-98 / Christopher Bucklow: Guest / The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy / Peter Randall-Page: In Mind of Botany

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1997 Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance / David Austen: Paintings and Works on Paper / A Cloudburst of Material Possessions: A fantasy on a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci / Ken Kiff: Recent Work / Richard Layzell: Infiltration / Graham Sutherland as Printmaker, 1950-80 / Jo Stockham: -scape / Black Sun: Roger Ackling / Elizabeth Ogilvie: Oceanus Project I

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1996 Re:cycling, Forms for the Next Century; Austerity for Posterity / Seek and Find / St Andrew’s Benn School Curates the Rugby Borough Council Collection / The Director's Eye: Drawings and Photographs by European Film-makers / Peter Kennard: UNWORDS – Scraps from a Reading Room, Permindar Kaur: Cold Comfort / Fe: An Exploration of Iron Through the Senses / Green Fuse: New Sculpture by David Nash / Going West: Photographs from Western Australia / Willy Ronis: Photographs 1926-1995 / Earthbound: Landscape to Abstraction Paintings from the Rugby and Kettering Collections

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1995 Non-Objective Art: Early Twentieth Century European Abstraction / Art - Politics - Religion: Contemporary Art From Colombia / Fay Godwin: Glassworks and Secret Lives / Arturo Di Stefano / Tableaux A Personal Selection by Arturo Di Stefano of Paintings and Drawings from the Rugby Collection / Tracy Mackenna: Not a Shred of Evidence / Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture / Positive Lives: Responses to HIV

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1994 Paintmarks / A Sparkling Party / Living Archives: Works by Rose Garrard 1973-1994 / Edwardian Women Photographers: Christina Broom, Olive Edis, Alice Hughes, Eveleen Myers / The American Way: Views on Use - Function in American Ceramics Exhibition / Eileen Cooper: Lifelines / Antinomies: Works by Evelyn Williams / Josef Albers / Fish, Bird, Animal: Prints, Paintings and Drawings by Julian Meredith / Flint Sepulchre: Sculptures and Drawings by Keir Smith / Bill Brandt: Photographs 1928-1983

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1993 Cadences of the Heart: Works from South Asia in British Collections / For Public Pleasure / Twentieth Century British Paintings from the Collections of Rugby Borough Council and Sheffield City Council / Recent British Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection / The Body of Drawing: Drawings by Sculptors / Accumulations Paintings by Lisa Milroy and John Murphy / Introducing Craft: Works from the Crafts Council Collection / To Camera: Light, Action, Sound / Countervail: Nicole Charlett, Elizabeth Chaplin, Judith Dean, Natalie Dower, Tam Giles, Jean Spencer, Susan Tebby, Jane Wilbraham / Flora Photographica: Masterpieces of Flower Photography / Peter Lanyon: Air, Land and Sea

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1992 Shiko Munakata: Master of the Woodblock / Pick of the Pics / Simon Lewty: Terra Incognita / Robert Doisneau: A Retrospective / Double Take: Comparing the Art of Graphic and Photographic Portraiture / The Weaker Vessel: The Role of Women During the Mid 17th Century / Michael Porter: Close to the Ground / Texas Realism / The Art of Ruins: Adela Breton and the Temples of Mexico / The Gatherer: Garry Fabian Miller

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1991 An Economy of Signs: Contemporary Indian Photographs / A Different View: Works Selected from the Rugby Collection / Mari Mahr; Isolated Incidents / The Rugby Collection / The Pick of the Permanent Collection to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary / Like the Face of the Moon: The Art of Discovery / Art in the Open: Six Romanian Artists / Keith Arnatt: Rubbish and Recollections / Delicious Solitude: Drawings by John Hubbard, Photographs by Paul Joyce / Richard Deacon

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1990 Jim Whiting's Mechanical Extravaganza / Gerrit Rietveld: Furniture and the House for Mrs Schroder / The Tree of Life: New Images of an Ancient Symbol / Art from South Africa / Henry Moore: The Small Sculptures / Thomas Lowinsky / Tom Phillips: The Portrait Works / Michael Rothenstein: Painter and Printmaker / Posada: Messenger of Mortality.

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1989 New Icons / Anthony Green's Mirror / People and Portraits / Singular Visions / US-UK Print Collection / English Cathedrals: Drawings by Dennis Creffield / Graham Nickson / The Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan / Faces and Places: The Rugby Collection

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1988 BP 10th British International Print Biennale: Britain and Australia / Sir Sidney Nolan: Figures in a Landscape / Ralph Brown: Sculpture and Drawings / David Hugo: Between Scylla and Charybdis / African Vision Sculpture and Masks from West Africa / The Baron de Ferrieres Collection / Metal and Motion: Contemporary Sculpture / Anthony Whishaw: Reflections After 'Las Meninas' / Hannah Hoch: Collages / Knowing Your Place: Artists' Parish Maps   

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1987 Fifty Years of British Art: the Rugby Collection / David West: Castles in the Air / Artists in Warwickshire Schools / Midland View IV: Sculpture Show On the Town: Dick Whall / Beyond Image - The Boyle Family: Earth Sculptures / To Build A Cathedral Coventry Cathedral 1945-62 / P.H. Emerson: Photography, Life and Landscape / Revelation for the Hands / The Frampton Flora / The Japanese Eye / Japanese Woodblock Prints / Kumihimo

Mead Gallery Exhibitions 1986 Artists in the Theatre: Expressionism, Dada, Purism on Stage / The Danish Show: Paintings / David Drew; Basket Maker / Tierra y Libertad / Rain sun snow hail mist calm: Photoworks by Andy Goldsworthy / Leger's 'Le Pas d'Acier' / Surprises in Store: Fifty Years of British Art

The New Mead Gallery 1986