Current Exhibitions

24 March 2020: The New Art Centre and Roche Court Sculpture Park is now temporarily closed until further notice. In the meantime, the gallery will keep you informed through its Instagram page and website, offering some light relief and calm during these challenging times. Should you have any questions, the New Art Centre team continues to work remotely and is contactable via the following email address:

Common Thread

28 Mar – 31 May 2020

Isobel Napier, ‘Piece Two’, 2018, laser cut newsprint paper, 60 x 80 cm © the artist and courtesy New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park

Jodie Carey
Mark Corfield-Moore
Ayan Farah
Forest and Found
David Murphy
Isobel Napier
Amy Revier
Sophie Rowley
Katharine Swailes
Works from the GRAY MCA collection.

Across geographical and cultural boundaries, textile production in its myriad forms is one of the earliest human technologies, with woven and dyed fibred dating back to prehistoric times. The art of designing textiles has therefore remained a central medium for both utility and creative expression throughout human history.

New Art Centre’s exhibition Common Thread brings together a group of artists each of whose work focuses on the history of textile technology and design, and their shifting values for people across place and time. Exploring the ways which certain textile producing technologies are still in effect, while others are being challenged, the works in this exhibition reflect on the place of textiles both in art, and in contemporary society.