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Fabrications Speaker Profile - Jeni McConnell

On the back of successful presentations for National Festival of Making and Super Slow Way, Jeni McConnell will take part in a panel discussion to shed light on the recent Art in Manufacturing project.

Fabrications is the UK's first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry through the eyes of artists. Taking place in galleries, museums and former textile mills across Blackburn, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle throughout September.

As part of Fabrications Exchange final weekend programme Creative Lancashire will explore the broader themes of Skills, Migration and Heritage through a series of panel conversations with (and for) industry and professional textiles practitioners.

On the back of successful presentations for National Festival of Making and Super Slow Way, Jeni McConnell will take part in a panel discussion to shed light on the recent  Art in Manufacturing project.

McConnell’s intriguing socially engaged creative practice is driven by 4 key components; people, place, objects and archives, brought to life by the social connections between.

Led by detailed research, her process-driven methods develop engaging public experiences to reveal the complexities of human interaction through time, in place. This approach directly informs the methods, materials and responses which she employs, building on the visual, experiential and often conceptual references which interweave her multi-disciplinary work.

Commissioned for the Art in Manufacturing for the National Festival of Making and as a Research Artist for Dementia & Imagination, McConnell has also worked in-residence with many socially engaged place-focussed organisations, including In Certain Places, In-Situ, Art Gene, Heart of Glass and Halton Heritage Partnership.

Her artists’ book making skills, evident in the Tate and National Library of Wales collections led her to work on the Homeless Library, a north west focussed project which launched at the Houses of Parliament in 2016. 

CURRENT PROJECTS:

. Project Artist | Canal & River Trust | Dining Out on George

. Interval | a Markmakers project

. Commission | Super Slow Way - Fabrications 2017 | from Cordwainers & Curriers

RECENT PROJECTS:

. Artist in Residence | Art in Manufacturing | Cookson & Clegg

. Research Artist | University of Newcastle | Dementia & Imagination

. Artist in Residence | Halton Heritage Partnership | Working Lives, Working Together

. Artist in Residence | Canal & River Trust | Tell it to the Water

Fabrications Exchange: Panels & Talks

Friday 29 September - Slater Terrace, Sandygate Square, Burnley

Jeni McConnell will be speaking at Fabrications Exchange on Friday 29 Septemberwhen Creative Lancashire will explore themes of Skills, Migration and Heritage through a series of panel conversations with (and for) industry and professional textiles practitioners. Speakers include leading textiles artist, Michael Brennand-WoodSarah Lloyd (Panaz), Amanda Odlin-Bates (UCLan Fashion) and hosted by Jamie Holman (Artist, Lecturer & Editor of Saatchi Art Magazine). 

To round-off the day delegates will br transported to Briefield Mill to experience World Factory.Performed by innovative and groundbreaking theatre company METIS, pushing on our awareness of mass production and global capitalism. 
★★★★
”A breakneck, thought-provoking piece” The Guardian 

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