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Rozanne Hawksley talk

Lecture by the artist

Sun 31st May 2009
12 noon

Ruthin Crafts Centre
Park Road, Ruthin,
Denbighshire, LL15 1BB



Tel: T: +44 (0)1824 704774

To coincide with the final weekend of the Rozanne Hawksley solo show at the Ruthin Crafts Centre, Rozanne has offered to give a special lecture for the Textile Society. She is also giving a workshop the day before her lecture, limited to about 10 and to be booked directly with the Ruthin.

Dr Ruth Richardson (author of The Making of Mr. Gray’s Anatomy) opened the exhibition and spoke of Rozanne’s work:
‘Here, I who deal with words, find words difficult to find. Her work is so articulate that precision seems required, but so suggestive that it is hard to attain.’
‘Rozanne’s art is truly interdisciplinary – not easy to categorise. I think of it as sculpture in unconventional materials: colour, pain, decay, vulnerability, tenderness, laughter, survival. Mary Schoeser, who has thought long and hard about Rozanne’s artworks, calls them “transcendental observations”, speaks of them as “establishing an emotional dialogue between object and audience...” and I think they can be understood both as sculpture and as object poetry, poetry which does not flinch in the face of some of the most painful historical events – and which marks head-on, the impact of the wars and the destruction of the century just past.’
‘Like us, these works are fragmentary and mutable, soft and bony, and – in their extraordinary archaeology of the deep meanings of the human predicament are – like Rozanne herself – valiant. There can be no doubt, as you’ll see as you go round this fine exhibition, that her dextrous skills of eye, needle, pencil and imagination have created a most remarkable body of work which addresses in the most fundamental – and often disturbing ways – the deepest fabrics of the human body, and of the human heart.’


12:00 - 1:00 coffee, buffet lunch (included in booking fee)
1:00 Introduction, Mary Schoeser (Hon. Pres.)
1:15-2:15 Rozanne's lecture
2:15-2:45 question and answer
2:45-4:30 looking at the show and around the new Ruthin workshops and other galleries
4:00 tea


£25 to members; £27.50 non-members; £22.50 for those also booking the workshop on Saturday, 30th May.
Fee includes lunch.

How to book

Janie Lightfoot E: janie@janielightfoot.co.uk (away until 27 /04) Textile Conservation Restoration studio, 21 Park Parade, London NW10 4JG