Standing In This Place – Rachel Carter

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  • Artcore Gallery
  • 21 November 2023
  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Standing In This Place – Rachel Carter

Artcore Gallery

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
21 November 2023


Standing In This Place – Rachel Carter

Artcore Gallery

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
21 November 2023


Get Involved and explore a range of free workshops run by artists Rachel Carter, Ismail Khokon and Anisha Parmar to create a stunning new art installation  ’Speak Her Name’ featuring the names of 100 historic women connected to our story of cotton, sorrow, strength and resilience.

Standing In This Place is an arts and heritage project co-created by sculptor Rachel Carter in response to the work of the Legacy Makers group formed in 2014 by Bright Ideas Nottingham and the collaborative community-academic Global Cotton Connections project. It looks to highlight the contributions and connections between white mill workers and black enslaved women uprooted to the Americas, showing how their stories and histories are connected by cotton, sorrow, strength and resilience.

Through collaborating with the black-led community group the Legacy Makers, we have been questioning who is and who should be remembered. While also being aware that less than 5% of statues in the UK portray non-royal women.

Rachel Carter – Sculptor Rachel Carter works from her studio on the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire border, creating large scale sculpture for the garden and smaller intimate sculptures for the home using the lost wax technique to create bronze works. Since graduating with a BA Hons in Applied Arts, she has found herself driven by process and material in sculpture. Repetition and hand processes such as weaving, knotting & tying features heavily in her work creating intricate surface patterns.

Many of her commissions are underpinned by a love of history and ancestry, and feels honoured to be able to represent our shared and complex histories within sculpture. Looking at her own ancestry often provides inspiration for new work as she adds to the long legacy of weavers, knotters and makers that stretch back over 350 years of the Midlands industrial past.

Workshop – Rachel will be bringing to the project to the Art Core ‘Knit and Knitter’ drop in sessions in the Art Core cafe where the public will be invited to enjoy a cuppa whilst embellishing calico framed in embroidery hoops with the names of historic women connected to the story of cotton. You will be invited to use embroidery and stitching techniques to stitch and Speak Her name on the cotton fabric. Rachel will be bringing along dozens of hand woven braids made by women from across the Midlands that you can use in your work. 

FREE for Adults

Date and Venue:
3 October, 10 October, 24 October, 31 October, 7 November, 14 November, 21 November, 28 November from 1.00pm to 3.00pm 
at Artcore Gallery – 8 Albert Street, Osnabruck square, DE1 2DS.

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