Through the Surface

Through the Surface is an exhibition of collaboration, process and outcome, featuring 14 of the most innovative textile artists in Britain and Japan. Their work spans fashion, art and science, and the resulting work will form a unique and exciting exhibition that will tour the UK in 2004 and Japan in 2005.

Through the Surface explores points of difference and similarity within the cultures of Japan and Britain. The real exchange of ideas, techniques and an understanding of cultural and personal sensibilities as they relate to working practice can best be achieved through close collaboration resulting in a practical outcome.

Young textile artists will travel and work with established artists in their opposite country, exchange of ideas and techniques and explore how this can impact on future practice. These placements will be nationwide in Britain and in the Kansai and Gunma regions of Japan, with 7 partnerships in total. The emerging artists will stay between 10 and 12 weeks and then return to their own country. All the artists will then make work as a result of the exchange, some of the work will be collaborative and artists will make their work separately, however, close contact between partners will be maintained through the internet.

This project is based in collaboration – between textile artists who are at different stages of career development, between architect/designers and practitioners, and between educational and arts organizations in both countries. Key areas of collaboration have been identified as:

  • links between textiles, science and technology;
  • the impact of new materials and processes on the re-evaluation of traditional practice;
  • textiles as architectural intervention;
  • the use of materials that act as interface between interior design and fashion.

Exhibition dates 2004

  • Split site:
    James Hockey and Foyer Galleries Farnham, Hove Museum and Art Gallery
    27th Jan – 20th March
  • Site Sensitive work: Fabrica, Brighton
    March 12th – May 26th
  • Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, UEA Norwich
    6th April – 13th June
  • Split site: Bankfield Museum, Piece Hall, Halifax
    26th June – 30th August
  • Site Sensitive work: Square Chapel
    Mid-July – 30th August
  • Castle Museum and Art Gallery Nottingham
    25th September – 14th November
  • Site Sensitive work, Yard Gallery, Wollaton Hall
    2nd October – 21st November

Exhibition dates 2005

  • National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
    22nd April – 29th May

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