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  • Anna Ray, Knot, 2007, © the artist
  • Kiki Smith, Sky, 2012, jacquard tapestry.
    Image courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
  • Louise Bourgeois, Hand, red fabric, wood, glass and steel
    © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016
  • Caroline Achaintre, Bernadette, 2016, hand tufted wool. Courtesy of Arcade, London, image © Andy Keate
  • Hannah Ryggen, 6th of October, 1942, tapestry, 1943. Courtesy Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustri – Museum © DACS 2016
Sat 28 Jan - Sun 7 May 2017

Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day. It features over 40 international female artists who expand the possibilities of embroidery, weaving, sewing and wood carving, often incorporating unexpected materials such as plants, clothing, hair and bird quills.

Entangled: Threads & Making is curated by writer and critic Karen Wright, with Turner Contemporary. Wright became fascinated by the making processes she saw first-hand on the many studio visits she did with artists for her ‘In the Studio’ column for the Independent. The idea for Entangled: Threads & Making evolved out of these visits, in particular one with renowned American artist Kiki Smith who was working on her epic tapestry Sky (2012), included in the exhibition.

The exhibition brings together artists from different generations and cultures who challenge established categories of craft, design and fine art, and who share a fascination with the handmade and the processes of making itself. 

A new publication accompanies the exhibition, with essays and interviews by Ann Coxon, Stina Högkvist, Siri Hustvedt, Kathryn Lloyd, Rosa Martínez, Marit Paasche, Frances Morris and Karen Wright. Available from the Turner Contemporary shop.


To explore more recommended reading for Entangled: Threads & Making click here.

Karen Wright, Curator says:  

“When we first set out to create Entangled: Threads & Making, over 3 years ago, I was initially overwhelmed by how many artists wanted to take part in the show. It gave the idea currency, at a time when little had been done in investigating this area both in terms of gender, but also in terms of materials. For me, the show is an opportunity to re-evaluate the political status of women in the market place as well as the way that they use materials and express their concerns.”



Anni Albers; Caroline Achaintre; Ghada Amer; Paola Anziché; Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter; Phyllida Barlow; Marion Baruch; Karla Black; Margrét H Blöndal; Regina Bogat; Louise Bourgeois; Geta Brătescu; Sonia Delaunay; Sonia Gomes; Ximena Garrido-Lecca; Eva Hesse; Ann Cathrin November Høibo; Laura Ford; Mona Hatoum; Marianne Heske; Sheila Hicks; Susan Hiller; Maureen Hodge; Christiane Löhr; Kate MccGwire; Annette Messager; Rivane Neuenschwander; Lucy + Jorge Orta; Arna Óttarsdottir; Sidsel Paaske; Maria Papadimitriou; Anna Ray; Maria Roosen; Ursula von Rydingsvard; Hannah Ryggen; Betye Saar; Judith Scott; Samara Scott; Kiki Smith; Aiko Tezuka; Rosemarie Trockel; Tatiana Trouvé; Frances Upritchard and Joana Vasconcelos

With thanks to

Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Baring Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Art Fund, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Embassy of Iceland, Norwegian Embassy. 

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