Tate Modern Course

Fibre, thread and textile Led by Shelly Goldsmith

Join us for a two-day artist-led workshop taking the work of artist Richard Tuttle as a starting point for a series of presentations, discussions and practical activities exploring textiles as material.

Tuttle came to prominence in the 1960s as part of a generation of post-minimalist artists and is known for his delicate, small scale works and use of everyday, ephemeral materials. His work has often been described as being in a state of ‘in between’, moving between sculpture, painting, poetry and drawing, avoiding categorisation. Coinciding with the Richard Tuttle: The Weave of Textile Language exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery this autumn as well as his new commission in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, this workshop invites you to explore and engage with this practice also tracing Tuttle's interest and use of textile in his 50-year career. By exploring structure, texture, form and colour through textiles and fibres, this is a unique opportunity to develop your own ideas and practical skills in this field.

No prior knowledge needed.

This workshop is a collaboration between Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery.


Day One – Whitechapel Gallery

Visit to Richard Tuttle: I Dont Know or The Weave of Textile Language.

Lines, materials and making. Scale and colour 

Textiles in Contemporary Practice I

Developing ideas with textile techniques: Practical demonstration: Heat transfer, sewing, binding, linking and weaving samples 

Practical sessions*: Mark-making, joining, interweaving fabric and textile substance in a series of prints, assemblages, compositions

*Please bring a discarded garment(s) in a range of man made/ natural fibers if possible 

Day two – Tate

Visit to the Turbine Hall new Commission

Discussion of day 1

Textiles in Contemporary Practice II

Developing ideas with textile techniques: Participants develop their own work using the techniques and processes explored in the previous session

Overview and discussion of the work produced


Shelly Goldsmith is an artist who’s practice is built upon her use of multi-media textiles. Her work is exhibited at major galleries and museums in Britain, in Europe, the USA and Japan and is in many notable public collections. She was awarded the Jerwood Prize, for Textiles. Goldsmith is a Senior Lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts and contributes as Visiting Lecturer and External Examiner to a variety of UK Programs. 

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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25 October 2014 at 13.00–17.00

26 October 2014 at 13.00–17.00

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