Thread Count - Part One at The Art Station & The Old Bank, Saxmundham, Suffolk 8 June - 31 August 2024. Part Two at The Old Theatre, Framlingham, Suffolk 6 - 21 July 2024

Thread Count - Part One at The Art Station & The Old Bank, Saxmundham, Suffolk 8 June - 31 August 2024. Part Two at The Old Theatre, Framlingham, Suffolk 6 - 21 July 2024

Thread Count. An exhibition of contemporary textile practice in two parts, co-curated by Freddie Robins and The Art Station, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Exhibiting artists: Rosie Edwards, Woo Jin Joo, Sophie Giller, Feifan Hu, Daisy Collingridge, Andrew Omoding, Jevan Watkins Jones, Freddie Robins, Peter Collingwood, Rebecca Riess, Mikey Cuddihy, Julie Cockburn, Abigail Lane, Srinivas Surti, Annabel Elgar, John Craske, Emily Cannell and William Wallace.

Part One
Opening event: Saturday 8 June 2024 at Sax Arts Fest, 12 – 5 pm. All welcome.
The Old Bank, 24 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AJ
The Lobby at The Art Station, 48 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AB
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 4pm (or by appointment any other time), until Saturday 31 August 2024.

Part Two
Including new site-specific large-scale textile installation by Sophie Giller.
The Old Theatre, Framlingham, IP13 9BH
Opening event: Saturday 6 July 2024, 12 – 4 pm. All welcome.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 4 pm (or by appointment any other time) until Sunday 21 July 2024

All exhibitions are free of charge
Thread Count is supported by the East Anglia Art Fund.

Thread Count presents textiles as a medium for self-expression and communication. Here, the role of textiles is not about its decorative and functional qualities, although these qualities are not to be disregarded. Materials and processes carry meaning, and the presence of skill does not indicate the absence of concept. The artists in Thread Count work with thread, fibre and cloth for many reasons, but there is a strong undercurrent of a desire for creative and physical freedom. This freedom is expressed through the choice of materials, processes and imagery. Working in textiles can give you the freedom to work wherever you want. For the most part, the work is light; it can be folded or rolled up and easily stored or transported. The materials are readily available and can be cheap or even free if you reuse fabric items from around the home. Textiles and textile practitioners still find themselves and their practice undervalued or dismissed because of the medium’s enduring associations with gender and the domestic environment. This exhibition tramples over those preconceptions, evidencing the hard resolve of the soft discipline. Threads count.

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10 June 2024

5&20, 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2, 14 May - 26 September 2024

craft Kills detail

Craft Kills, held in the Crafts Council Collection, is exhibited as part of 5&20. The exhibition celebrates two shared milestones; five years of the Brookfield Properties Craft Award and 20 years of Collect Art Fair.

This one-off celebration show, supported with funding from London EC BID, exhibits over 30 artworks from Crafts Council collection, with a direct link to Collect. These objects, which form part the national collection for craft, include ceramics, jewellery, glass, bronze and textiles. Many have not been shown to the public for years.

99 Bishopsgate, London EC2
Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Free entrance

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To download the Artist 5&20 Booklet

19 May 2024

Sluice [Vernacular] Colchester Expo 2024, The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, Essex 14 - 16 June 2024

Sluice [Vernacular] Colchester Expo 2024, The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, Essex 14 - 16 June 2024

The Blackwater Polytechnic are showing at Sluice [Vernacular] Colchester Expo 2024.

The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1UE
Friday 14 – Sunday 16 June 2024
10h – 16h daily
Free entry to all venues
Some events may require booking, please see programme

The 2024 Sluice expo centres on the idea of the vernacular, exploring how culture can emerge and adapt in reaction to various influences, whether structural or ethical. The expo is an opportunity for a loosely defined sector, encompassing artist-led initiatives, curator-led projects, collectives, non-profit organisations and galleries to converge.

Sluice is a non-profit initiative based in the UK, led by artists and curators. Since 2011 Sluice has collaborated exclusively with other artist and curator-led projects, collectives and non-profit initiatives. They create multi-faceted events around the world, focusing on the local in a transnational context. Sluice vernacular was developed in partnership with the Minories.

The current faculty at the Blackwater Polytechnic is Ben Coode-Adams (Vice-Chancellor & President), Dr Annabel Dover, Tristan Howe (Associate Lecturer), Sara Impey (Senior Lecturer), Dr Alex Pearl and Professor Freddie Robins. Professor Knopphauser is on sabbatical.

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the minories

18 May 2024

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24 – 27 July 2024
The Amber Room: Sticking up for Soft
Cedric Bardawil Gallery, 1–3 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JB
Weds – Sat 12 – 6 pm

10 April 2024

Government Art Collection - Eye of the Sultan: a new display for Ankara

Government Art Collection - Eye of the Sultan: a new display for Ankara


Freddie Robins’ work, I, purchased for the Government Art Collection in 2021 through Art X-UK Acquisitions, has now travelled to Turkey as part of the new display for the British Ambassador’s Residence in Ankara.

The new display in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Ankara reflects the long diplomatic relations between the UK and Turkey, which date back to the 16th century. The new installation coincides with an important centenary, the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 2023. When the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 was signed recognising the boundaries of the modern state of Turkey, King George V was on the throne, and he along with his Queen-Consort Mary of Teck are displayed at the Residence as a reminder of this salient moment in the country’s history.

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18 September 2023

History in the Making: stories of materials and makers, 2000 BC to now, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, 21 October 2023 - 11 February 2024


Freddie Robins will be exhibiting Craft Kills from the Crafts Council Collection in History in the Making: stories of materials and makers, 2000 BC – Now

Compton Verney
CV35 9HZ

Tues – Sun – 10am-5pm
Mon – Closed, except bank holidays
Galleries are open from 10.30am-5pm

Admission costs and booking

“ The exhibition brings together outstanding examples of historic craft from the collection of Woburn Abbey, with recent creations by some of the most exciting makers working today from the collection of the Crafts Council, for a unique exploration of materials and making across the ages.

Throughout human history, materials have been fashioned by skilled people into objects of beauty and utility. Taking six material groups – wood, clay, stone, metal, textile and organic – as a starting point, History in the Making will present the historic and contemporary side-by-side to explore changing attitudes towards materials over time, the importance of craft traditions for communities and the environmental impact of craft. As well as celebrating the amazing skill of leading makers. From a monumental mid-17th century Mortlake tapestry, woven to a design by the great Italian Renaissance artist Raphael – on loan from Woburn Abbey for the first time – to expressive hand-painted silks by award-winning artist and designer Christian Ovonlen, and precious 18th century silverware made by French Huguenot migrants, to highly personal glazed ceramic vessels by rising-star ceramic artist Shawanda Corbett, this exhibition presents a treasure-trove of unique and fascinating objects.

As well as celebrating more traditional approaches to craft, the exhibition will also pose questions about how scientific advances and new approaches to existing materials can offer more sustainable and planet-friendly methods of making. The final room of the exhibition will display recent creations by exciting makers who are at the forefront of developing new materials and processes, from living textiles made from plant roots to 3D printed vessels made from recycled coffee cups”.

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17 September 2023

If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022, Saatchi Gallery, London, 15 November 2023 – 22 January 2024

If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022, Saatchi Gallery, London, 15 November 2023 – 22 January 2024

Freddie Robins is exhibiting Bad mother, on loan from the Private Collection of Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs.

If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022 will invite audiences to consider issues of gender and time in order to suggest new narratives about sculpture by women in Britain during this period, looking at lives, work and social change. The exhibition is the outcome of a two-year research project, Hepworth’s Progeny, guided by an Advisory Board of Griselda Pollock, Lorna Green, The Hepworth Wakefield’s curator Eleanor Clayton, sculptors Sokari Douglas Camp and Jill McKnight, and independent art Historian Dr. Alice Correia. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr Anna Douglas and Dr Kerry Harker, organised by the Hepworth Wakefield. The project revisited research into women artists working in the expanding field of sculpture undertaken in the late 1980s by Green in her M.Phil thesis, The Position and Attitudes of Contemporary Women Sculptors in Britain 1987-89, at The University of Leeds. Selected from the nearly 320 artists who responded to the 1988 and 2022 surveys, the exhibition will present work by 29 female sculptors.

Exhibiting Artists
Phyllida Barlow, Glenys Barton, Keziah Burt, Shirley Cameron, Annie Cattrell, Helen Chadwick, Ann Christopher, Lorraine Clarke, Fran Cottell, Katrina Cowling, Nicola Dale, Deborah Duffin, Carol Farrow, Sheila Gaffney, Rose Garrard, Lorna Green, Mandy Havers, Bridget Heriz, Michele Howarth, Permindar Kaur, Christine Kowal Post, Rosie Leventon, Liliane Lijn, Kim Lim, Kara Lyons, Renate Meyer, Cornelia Parker, Victoria Rance, Freddie Robins, Veronica Ryan, Amy Stephens, Pamela Storey, Wendy Taylor, Shelagh Wakely, Lois Williams.

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road,
London, SW3 4RY

Open everyday, 10am – 6pm. Last entry to exhibition 4.30pm
Tickets from £10. Concessions & Family tickets available. Members go free

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15 September 2023

I Put a Spell on You - New Magic and Mysticism, Art Exchange, University of Essex, Colchester, 5 October - 17 November 2023


Art Exchange
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
5 October – 17 November 2023

Launch party Thursday 5 October 6.00-8.00pm

admission free

An exhibition about new magic and mysticism.

I Put a Spell on You explores today’s growing affinity with magic, which coincides with a time when we’re experiencing a profound loss of faith in modern society. Rationalism, science and the ‘progress’ of the modern era have left us lurching from one crisis to the next, while climate catastrophe calls into question our relationship with planet Earth. Against this backdrop, magic offers us an alternative universe – a space where we can become re-enchanted with the world again.

The artists in this show embrace magic, myth and mysticism as they explore alternative ways of thinking and being. They are guided by the historic figure of the witch – always close at hand in Essex where hundreds stood accused.”

I Put a Spell on You includes work by Alice Bucknell, Juno Calypso, Leonora Carrington, Chiara Fumai, Serena Korda, Akinsola Lawanson, susan pui san lok, Freddie Robins and Tai Shani.

Curated by Jess Twyman

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19 August 2023

Essex Artists Past and Present, Hayletts Gallery @ The Minories, Colchester, Saturday 30 September - Saturday 14 October 2023


Hayletts Gallery – Modern British and Contemporary Fine Art at
The Minories
74 High Street

Please join us for the opening 2.00 – 4.00 pm Saturday 30 September, otherwise daily 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Mondays.

Exhibition includes work by Ted Atkinson, Charles Bartlett, Edward Bawden, Richard Bawden, Simon Carter, Bernard Cheese, Chloe Cheese, Ben Coode-Adams, James Dodds, John Doubleday, Ian Hay, Walter Hoyle, Olwen Jones, Elizabeth Morris, John Northcote Nash, John O’Connor, Dione Page, Eduardo Paolozzi, Barbara Peirson, Michael Rothenstein, Anne Scwegmann-Fielding, Tessa Spencer Pryse, Freddie Robins, Humphrey Spender, Alison Stockmarr, Valerie Thornton and Chris Wenlock.

Hayletts Gallery
Freddie Robins at Hayletts Gallery
The Minories

16 August 2023

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