Textile exhibitions reveal the latest collaboration with artists at The Coffin Works

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Midlands Textile Forum Exhibition at Newman Brothers














A new textile exhibition launched at The Coffin Works today (3rd February). ‘Remnants & Traces’ is a series of three exhibitions created by members of the Midlands Textile Forum in collaboration with Newman Brothers. It runs from 3 February to 24 April 2015 and admission is free.

This series of three linked exhibitions charts the group’s personal responses to Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Factory. The textile pieces on display are inspired by the factory during its restoration, its contents, the people who worked there, memories, the act of remembering, mortality and funerary practices.   

Jane Arthur, who has organised the exhibition, said: “We are delighted to work with the team at Newman Brothers on this series of textile exhibitions. The chance to work over time, visit the building, handle and use some of the fittings, coffin linings and shrouds has been a wonderful opportunity for the Textile Forum.”

Judith Rowley, the chair of the Midlands Textile Forum, added: “We would like to extend a warm invitation to everyone to come along to Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works to see the diversity of our artists’ work interpreting this theme.”

The first exhibition features the work of Diana Browne, Sarah Cage, Claire Cooper Walsh and Maggie Hands. There is an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday 7th February, 10am-12pm, discuss the themes and content of the exhibition and, afterwards,  take a factory tour (usual admission applies). This first exhibition runs until 27 February.

Continuing Remnants & Traces at Newman Brothers:

2nd – 27th March, featuring work by Jane Arthur, Ann Brammer, Ann Paterson, Julie Ring and Judith Rowley. Meet the artist on 7th March, 10am-12pm.

30th March – 24th April, featuring work by Jenny Beasley, Yvonne Flavell, Pat Foster, Marilyn Hall and Brenda Marshall. Meet the artist on 11th April, 10am-12pm.


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