Creature Comforts

JGM Gallery, 24 Howie Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AY
9 November 2022 – 21 January 2023

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Creature Comforts 2

Creature Comforts: an exhibition of daring contemporary textiles.

Exhibiting Be afraid, 2019 (top image, work on right) and COU-RAGE, 2022 (bottom images, second work from left).

Exhibiting alongside Alice Kettle, Andia Newton, Elina Flyrin, Freddie Robins, Hamish Halley, Heidi Pearce, Karolina Dworska, Lara Salous, Liza Dickson, Lola Pedersen, Martin Maloney, Molly Kent, Sebastian Sochan and Woo Jin Joo.

Curated by Karolina Dworska.
Photography: Daniel Browne.

05 December 2022

The Jumper Chair

Jumper chair

The Jumper Chair (2022) was made in collaboration with designer Carl Clerkin as part of his Beasley Brothers Repair Shop installation in the Eternally Yours – Care, Repair and Healing exhibition at Somerset House, London. Clerkin was commissioned to build a functioning repair shop in the galleries of Somerset House. SCP along with Very Good and Proper, Ercol, Pearson Lloyd, Jasper Morrison Studio and John Tree Studio all donated components to the shop. Broken parts, excess stock, and waste material were sent to be repurposed. Clerkin and a host of designer-makers set to work, breathing life into unwanted materials.

Robins used an old hand knitted sweater to dress an Ercol steam bent bow that was connected to a Very Good and Proper chair base and plywood seat shell to make the chair. The Jumper Chair was exhibited during Eternally Yours – Care, Repair and Healing, Somerset House, London (13 July – 20 September 2022), Material Matters design fair, that took place during the London Design Festival (22 – 25 September 2022) and SCP, London (4 – 12 October 2022), culminating in a live auction of all the Beasley Brothers Repair Shop products.

26 September 2022

We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning, Craftspace national touring exhibition


Exhibiting as part of The Blackwater Polytechnic (Ben Coode-Adams, Sara Impey, Justin Knopp and Simon Emery – The Paintbox) with the collaborative work, Tree, in the Craftspace national touring exhibition, We are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning. Touring from 2021 – 2022.

The exhibition highlights acts of ‘commoning’ that are shaping the way communities are working together to share and steward commonly owned assets and resources. It also investigates craft as a form of commons through knowledge, materials, practice and heritage.

Exhibiting alongside Amy Twigger Holroyd, Deirdre Nelson, Hefin Jones (ODG Assembly), Linda Brothwell, Jacky Oliver, Common Agency Projects (Shane Waltener & Laura Glaser), Lise Bjørne Linnert with Gelawesh Waledkhani, Rachael Colley, Alinah Azadeh, Kate Hodgson, Ele Carpenter, Pinkie Maclure, Alice McLean and Justine Boussard, Claudia Rodriguez, Ana Joaquina Ramirez and Rosina Santana Castellon.

Exhibition opened at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales, touring to Leicester Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester; Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon; The Civic, Barnsley; National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, The Gallery, Hull Central Library and We are the Minories, Colchester.

Photography: Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

360˚ virtual tour of exhibition

19 April 2022

Kette und Schuss

CC binder, Forum 9, 2870 Puurs-Sint-Amands, Belgium
25 October – 13 December 2020


Exhibiting alongside Achim Kobe, Alexander Marinus, Annie Wintein, Caroline Achaintre, Christophe Coppens, Delphine Desguilage, Dialogist Kantor, Franz West, Gommaar Gilliams, Hilde Overbergh, Ilse Van Roy, Kinoshita Suchan, Madeleine Wermenbol, Mirre Yayla Seur, Sofie Haesaerts, Victor Alimpiev and Marian Zhunin, with storytellers Luisa Soipi and Pablo Hannon.

360° virtual tour of exhibition

Curated by Hilde Overbergh and Ilse Van Roy

Photography: Frederic Geurts

29 November 2020

Be afraid


Be afraid, 2019, machine knitted wool tapestry
3000 × 1900 mm
edition of 5 + AP

Photography: Douglas Atfield

19 May 2020

New Doggerland

Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Harrington Way, Woolwich, London SE18 5NR
1 – 16 February 2020




New Doggerland is a new multi-disciplinary artists project for a future imagining of physical and cultural re-connection between Britain and the European mainland. Doggerland is the name given to the ancient landmass, now submerged, that once connected Britain to Northern Europe. What if a new land mass rises up and we become physically part of the mainland again? New Doggerland is a project about future land and humans. It asks questions to which the exhibitors and participants respond with different ideas and answers. Who will be living there and how? It may evoke a Ballardian dystopia, or ideas of possible Utopia. Or could New Doggerland be the heterotopia where we go to experience ‘other’ selves, a place of becoming?

Exhibiting alongside: Fran Burden, Clare Burnett, Alison Cooke, Richard Ducker, Elaborate Kingdom, Deborah Gardner, Oona Grimes, Sula Hancock, Nicky Hodge, Melanie King, Sarah Kogan, Jo Lawrence, Jane Millar, Stephen Nelson, Sarah Sparkes and Virginia Verran.

Curated by Jane Millar

Photography: Justin Piperger

23 February 2020

Material: Textile - Creativity, History & Process

Messums Wiltshire
Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6LW
9 March – 28 April 2019


An exhibition of works by artists working in tapestry and textile from 800 AD to the present day.

Exhibiting alongside Anni Albers, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Adam Belcher, Louise Bourgeois, George Braque, Antoni Calvé, Oscar Dominguez, Donald Hamilton Fraser, Roger Fry, Magne Furuholmen, Liam Gillick, Ashley Havinden, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Des Hughes, Kurt Jackson, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Francesca Lowe, Goshka Macuga, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Christian Newby, Ben Nicholson, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Laure Prouvost, Alan Reynolds, William Scott, Nicholas de Staël, Hans Tisdal, Rosemarie Trockel, Gavin Turk, Keith Vaughan, Paule Vézelay and Henrik Vibskov.

A colour catalogue is available from Messums.

Photography: Steve Russell

29 April 2019

Sluice_ Exchange Berlin 2018

Das Kühlhaus Berlin
Luckenwalder Str. 3, 10963 Berlin, Germany
16 – 18 November 2018




EXCHANGE BERLIN is an international exposition of artist/curator-led presentations loosely underpinnned by ideas around transnational localism. EXCHANGE BERLIN encourages integrated, collaborative and even spontaneous modes of exhibition and critical evaluation. The aim of all Sluice projects is to offer an independent alternative to the dominant organisational paradigms whilst demonstrating a belief in the importance of international engagement for otherwise local projects.

Exhibiting with the Blackwater Polytechnic alongside EMC Collard, Ben Coode-Adams, Fiona Curran and Justin Knopp.

Read Resistant Materials, an essay by Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins (Blackwater Polytechnic) in Sluice magazine, Inter/nationalism issue, Autumn/Winter 2018

Photography: Ben Coode-Adams

02 December 2018

Resistant Materials

M100, Exhibition Centre for Contemporary Art, Søndergade 26, 5000 Odense, Denmark
7 – 30 September 2018





Resistant Materials is an exhibition about how to live out of the centre, outside a framework of mutual endeavour and shared values.
The view of landscape from the city is very different from living in it. Being here in Essex there is not all that much romance. Here in this landscape it is mainly by turns muddy or dusty. It is dark. I become overwhelmed by colours. The birds are staggeringly loud. There is never quiet. A strimmer or chainsaw is always struggling to carve a clear space. This land is resistant. It bites and stings, catches at your clothes, and obstructs you at every turn.
Ben Coode-Adams

All four artists in the exhibition work with stuff, actual physical things produced with skill and craft.
I very much like physical material because it is uncompromisingly visual. I am naturally distrustful of text and words, of theory. I like action.
Ben Coode-Adams

Exhibiting alongside: Ben Coode-Adams, Fiona Curran and Justin Knopp.
Curated by Ben Coode-Adams/Blackwater Polytechnic

Photography: Kirstine Mengel


04 October 2018

Between things

The Minories Galleries, Colchester, Essex CO1 1UE
15 April – 10 June 2017





Exhibiting alongside: Ben Coode-Adams, Celia Pym, Clare Iles, Paris Essex, Sharon Leahy-Clark, Stafford Schmool and Will Cruickshank.

Curated by Ben Coode-Adams and Kaavous Clayton. Supported by Arts Council England.

A colour catalogue, designed by Marcia Mihotich, with essays by Linda Theophilus and Katherine Wood, is available from The Minories 01206 712437

Photography: Douglas Atfield

09 June 2017

What do I need to do to make it OK?

Touring exhibition, installed at Forty Hall, Enfield, North London EN2 9HA
25 August – 20 November 2016


Someone else’s dream, 2014-16, series of reworked hand knitted jumpers, mixed fibres


I’m so bloody sad, 2015, machine knitted wool, foam, sand, knitting needles, 980 × 400 × 2100 mm

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects through stitch and other media. Exhibiting alongside: Dorothy Caldwell, Saidhbhín Gibson, Celia Pym and Karina Thompson.

Make it OK? is a touring exhibition, curated by Liz Cooper, supported by Arts Council England and the International Textile Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.
For more information

Photography: Douglas Atfield

12 February 2017


Geddes Gallery, 26 Caledonian Road, London N1
25 – 27 February 2016







Exhibiting alongside: Hermione Allsopp, Helen Bermingham, Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova, Nick Kaplony, Caroline Lambard, Alex March, Marion Michell, Micheala Nettell, Lex Thomas, David Ben White, Alice Wilson and Ben Woodeson.

Curated by Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis and Evy Jokhova


Photography: Evy Jokhova, Micheala Nettell, Alice Wilson

13 May 2016


Blackwater Polytechnic, Feering, Essex
20 – 27 September 2015





Exhibiting alongside: Ben Coode-Adams, Simon Collins, Dale Devereux Barker, Sara Impey, The Paintbox (Simon Emery) and Typoretum (Justin Knopp).

Photography: Douglas Atfield

26 October 2015

What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?

Touring exhibition, opened at Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11
27 August – 1 November 2015


I’m so bloody sad, 2007-2015, machine knitted wool, foam, sand, knitting needles, 980 × 400 × 2100 mm

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects through stitch and other media.

The exhibition’s five artists have varied approaches to the theme: Dorothy Caldwell’s hand-stitching explores how humans have marked and visualised landscapes from the Arctic to Australia to create maps of land and memory. Whilst Freddie Robins uses precision machine-knitting, combining hand-crafted and found objects to examine preoccupations with crime, illness and fear; Karina Thompson’s high-tech embroideries navigate complex data, from cardiology scans to bones exhumed from a medieval cemetery for lepers. Celia Pym’s interest in process has led her to knit her way round Japan and to rescue discarded garments – and Saidhbhín Gibson’s work focuses on our human interactions with landscape, showcased in stitch-led interventions with natural objects. With deliberate ambiguity in their titles, her work poses the question: is it art that makes things better, or nature?

Curated by Liz Cooper

Make it OK? is a touring exhibition supported by Arts Council England and the International Textile Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.
For more information

Photography: Eoin Carey

17 September 2015


Touring exhibition curated by Day + Gluckman
The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall, 22 October 2016 – 7 January 2017
Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London WC1, 2 July – 21 October 2015



Mad Mother, 2015, machine and hand knitted wool, 2300 × 1520 × 20 mm

Bad Mother, 2013, machine knitted wool, machine knitted lurex, expanding foam, knitting needles, glass beads, sequins, dress pins, crystal beads on maple wood shelf, 780 × 160 × 160 mm. Private Collection

Liberties, an exhibition of contemporary art reflecting on 40 years since the Sex Discrimination Act.

Works by over 20 women artists will reflect the changes in art practice within the context of sexual and gender equality since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) in the UK. Some artists confront issues that galvanised the change in law whilst others carved their own place in a complex and male dominated art world. From the radical movements of the 1960s and 70s, the politics of the 80s, the boom of lad culture in the 1990s to the current fourth wave of feminism, encouraged largely through and because of social media, all of the artists’ question equality and identity in very different ways.

The exhibition presents a snapshot of the evolving conversations that continue to contribute to the mapping of a woman’s place in British society. Body, femininity, sex, motherhood, economic and political status are explored through film, photography, sculpture, performance and painting.

Exhibiting alongside: Guler Ates, Helen Barff, Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Jemima Burrill, Helen Chadwick, Sarah Duffy, Rose English, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Alison Gill, Helena Goldwater, Joy Gregory, Margaret Harrison, Alexis Hunter, Frances Kearney, EJ Major, Eleanor Moreton, Hayley Newman, Monica Ross, Jo Spence, Jessica Voorsanger, Alice May Williams and Carey Young.

Liberties is part of A Woman’s Place project curated by Day + Gluckman

Photography: Stephanie Rushton

27 August 2015



Basketcase, 2015, machine knitted wool, crocheted lurex, wicker basket,
260 × 520 × 260 mm

Photography: Douglas Atfield

01 April 2015

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