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Work included in the exhibition 'Mary Ball (1922-2006): Retrospective'

Mary Ball (1922- 2006) Retrospective

Global Fusion Music and Arts, in conjunction with the Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University, is pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Mary Ball (1922-2006).

This exhibition consists of a collection of textiles by the artist and a series of performances incorporating some of her work.

Throughout her career as an independent artist, an art teacher and a theatre facilitator; Ball would dye, sew, cut up and reform fabrics to create bold, expressive textile works. She saw fabric as a means to push the boundaries of textiles, using them with sound, light and performance to explore colour and form. Ball liked to imagine her work as a living, breathing entity and she involved many people from diverse creative backgrounds in live performances of her work. She often considered these works as a part of a larger, ever-changing performance.

Inspired by this, GFMA, in conjunction with THE Constance Howard Gallery are excited to announce the first live performance with the works during the private view on the evening of February 8th 2019; directed by Stevie-Rose and accompanied by a soundscape created by Ethnomusicologist, Joanna Shiel. Several of the hangings will be placed onto sculpture, moved and manipulated against a backdrop of city-park sound inspired by Ball’s love of Greenwich Park. The audience will be invited to view the works and how they respond to the emotions and experience of Stevie-Rose as well as how they come alive in sounds of birdsong, passers-by, the low-frequency vibrations of helicopters and the crunching of autumn leaves. The hangings will remain on the sculpture until the next performance, until the next time they are invited to become alive again.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view a selection of textiles by Mary Ball and an accompanying film featuring the works in use in Greenwich Park. Archival sketchbooks and photos captured from performances during Mary’s lifetime will also be on view. 

If you need any more information about the Exhibition please see the Mary Ball (1922- 2006) Retrospective event page.


11 Feb 2019 - 23 May 2019
There will be additional performances using Ball’s textile works on the following dates:
Friday 8th March, 12 - 2 pm and Friday 3rd May 12 - 2 pm

Mary Ball (1922-2006) Retrospective is supported by The Constance Howard Gallery and Goldsmiths Textile Collection.

For more information please visit: www.artistmaryball.com or contact: Global Fusion Music & Arts 0208 858 9497 info@globalfusionarts.co.uk

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Talking Textiles

Talking Textiles

Talking Textiles is a get-together for anybody interested in textiles and curious to find out more about the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. A small selection of textiles from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection is available for viewing and informal discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery.  Attendees are invited to continue the discussion over tea and coffee after the session.

Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall basement.

Upcoming dates
This event has been postponed, new dates will be confirmed soon.

This session will be led by Tiya Dahyabhai (RCA). We will be looking at a variety of cords featured amongst a selection of objects from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. Various techniques will be explored through discussing their cultural and historical significance.

Talking Textiles will be followed by a practical workshop (limited to 16 places). Tiya will be helping participants make cord using Kumihimo disks, braiding stars and circular weaving cards.

Talking Textiles: 1-2.30 pm (Constance Howard Gallery)

No booking necessary

Workshop: 2.30-3.30pm (DTH B9)

The workshop is free but booking via Eventbrite is essential.  Activities in the workshop will relate to the discussion during Talking Textiles, so please attend this too. Materials will be provided.