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- 23 June 2015
Exploring traditional skills, materials and tools, Close Contact presents our admiration for innovative craft techniques. This exhibition highlights the work of modern craft makers who have been inspired by deep rooted traditions to create contemporary artwork that will stand the test of time. Shown in the exhibition is a selection of contemporary craft pieces which form part of the permanent collection at Touchstones Rochdale.
Variations from sculpture to needlecraft and steelwork to papercraft can be seen by a variety of artists whose work has been carefully selected from exhibitions held at Touchstones Rochdale over the past 40 years. Artists and makers have produced dynamic pieces that echo moments and memories from their own rich histories and heritage.
The exhibition shows a variety of artists working in different mediums including Halima Cassell, Junko Mori and Derek Wilson amongst others. There is also a chance to see hundreds of Rochdale Borough citizen’s embroidered signatures as Lynn Setterington’s work ‘Please sign here’ returns to Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery. Hundreds of people embroidered their signatures for the collaborative quilt in 2013 as a response to a charity signature quilt in the Touchstones Rochdale Museum collection dating 1895.
Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre. It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions.