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Barbican announces events programme for Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

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Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, installation view, Barbican Art Gallery, 2024 © Jemima Yong

From 13 February 2024, Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art shines a light on artists from the 1960s to today who have explored the transformative and subversive potential of textiles, harnessing the medium to ask charged questions about power: who holds it, and how can it be challenged and reclaimed? Spanning intimate hand-crafted pieces to large-scale sculptural installations, this major exhibition brings together over 100 artworks by 50 international practitioners. Drawn to the tactile processes of stitching, weaving, braiding, beading, and knotting, these artists have embraced fibre and thread to tell stories that challenge power structures, transgress boundaries, and reimagine the world around them. Please find the full press release here.

Expanding on the themes of Unravel, a rich programme of talks, tours and hands-on workshops will run throughout the duration of the exhibition. Specially devised by our curators, this bespoke public programme delves further into the exhibition’s artists, explores the multifarious potential of textiles, and uncovers the ancient technique of weaving. 

Additionally, from Monday 25 March until Wednesday 3 April, the Barbican is delighted to be partnering with British lifestyle brand TOAST for a 10-day pop up to coincide with Unravel, highlighting the varied ways in which they foster longevity, celebrate the art of repair, and connect with their community over treasured pieces. 

The full list of events is available in the press release - please download the file on the right hand side of the page. Check the website for the latest details.