New exhibition at R Space Gallery

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This summer R Space Gallery in Castle Street will be hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Linen Futures’.

This collaborative exhibition celebrates craft and design practice based on the past, current and future landscape of Irish linen.

The exhibition features work by artist Jane McCann, amongst others.

Ten local textile oriented practitioners and ten Celtic neighbours in Wales embraced past heritage and modern style, developing novel techniques and customisation including felt making, embroidery, natural dying and digital finishes.

Linen Futures aims to communicate the value of textiles, eroded through globalization, by encouraging design that emphasizes longevity, durability and the timeless quality of linen.

Collaborative practice will foster the design and making of products that demonstrate potential for the future production of multiples.

Preparation for the exhibition has already created links between designer makers, museum curators and the linen industry.

The exhibition will be supported by practitioner talks and workshops both at R-Space Gallery and in Donaghadee during the Creative Peninsula week.

This collaboration is partly supported by both local and international industry in the research and development of prototypes to inform the production of new commercial products.

‘Linen Futures’ will run at R Space Gallery from July 18 until August 15. For further information about the exhibition, log onto www.rspacelisburn.com. Alternatively, contact the gallery on 028 9266 3179 or email rspace@linenroomslisburn.com.