5 August to 27 September
Opening: Friday 4 August, 7pm
A Free Bus will run between Belfast and Portadown on the evening of the opening. Leaves Belfast from Golden Thread Gallery at 6.45pm. Returns from Portadown at 9pm
(A) Dress is a significant exhibition of new work by glass artist Alison Lowry and will be part of the August Craft Month programme of activities across Northern Ireland.
With a family history in lace-making and embroidery, Alison studied textiles, then developed her skills in glass making in a variety of techniques. Inspired by her experiences of motherhood, Alison’s work captures small, but fleeting moments of life that are filled with memories, she says, “fabric preserves the essence of its maker; traces of the wearer become entwined with the warp and weft, allowing physical objects to become containers for memory.
The exhibition features exciting collaborations, a new film based on glass shoes and a large dress suspended from the ceiling, raining down droplets into the gallery.
The artist has used the technique of Pate de Verre to cast antique christening robes in the process, the original robe will be burnt away in the kiln but the glass will formed in its place – creating a fragile but haunting reminder of what was there before.
Artist Talk: Saturday 19 August, 12-1pm
(A) Dress | Alison Lowry at Millennium Court Arts Centre