Exhibition of Knitted Benches at Nest Birmingham gallery until 1 Oct + event 28 Sept

A Press Release we can’t be bothered to rewrite, but that might interest you:

Tthe exhibition is at Nest, a new gallery in Digbeth and on Tues 28th
we’re bringing knitters from across UK to the gallery for a special
event.

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PRESS RELEASE

A flock of knitted benches from across the UK have come to rest at a
new gallery space in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Nest, in Digbeth hosts the first public exhibition of eight benches
that were specially commissioned by artist Trevor Pitt. The exhibition
‘A Flock of Benches’ is open to the public until 1 October, from 9am
to 6pm.

Over the past year, eight bespoke benches have been hand made by
knitting groups from across the UK. The exhibition brings the benches
together for the first time from a wide variety of locations across
the country: Birmingham, Bristol, Devon, London, Milton Keynes,
Newcastle-Gateshead, Northampton and Talgarth.

Following a set of instructions each bench has been collectively
customised by a group using a variety of knitting and felting
techniques. The wool for each bench has been locally sourced and
chosen to reflect the location and the people creating it. Each yarn
has been either hand spun from the fleeces of a local flock of sheep
or processed by a specialist small-scale company in the UK.

Artist Trevor Pitt said: “After two years in the making I am so
pleased to see all the benches come together in one place. The event
at Nest on Tuesday evening will bring all the knitters together to
share their experiences and enjoy each others work. There are benches
made from Newcastle to Devon and the region should be proud of
Birmingham’s bench which was made by knitters from across the city,
including my friends and family.”

The benches have been designed to be used collectively in galleries
and public spaces as a platform for sharing knitting skills and
conversations. They create a salon atmosphere where beginners can get
1-2-1 tuition from local experienced knitters.

Following this exhibition at Nest, Birmingham the benches will be
exhibited at The Public, West Bromwich, 6 – 31 October 2010. In 2011,
The Knitting Salon will embark on a UK tour of major cultural venues
from the Shetlands to Cornwall.

Trevor Pitt is an artist based in Birmingham who has been devising
arts projects across the UK for over 10 years. In 2008 he founded POD
Projects as a platform for his collaborations with artists,
organisations and the public.

Nest is a new gallery space based on the ground floor of the offices
of award winning, Glen Howells Architects.

The design and construction of The Knitting Salon was produced with
support from Craftspace: www.craftspace.co.uk

Info about The Knitting Salon project: www.podprojects.org

ENDS
24 September 2010

For further information contact Trevor Pitt on 07870 292 651

Email trevor@podprojects.org

Photo opportunity Tuesday 28 September
Where: Nest Gallery, 321, Bradford Street, B5 6ET

Time: From 3pm and during the event 6pm – 7.30pm

Alternatively pictures are available on request.

Listing details:

A FLOCK OF BENCHES
NEST, BIRMINGHAM
20 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Nest hosts the first exhibition of eight specially commissioned
benches made in Birmingham, Bristol, Devon, London, Milton Keynes,
Newcastle-Gateshead, Northampton and Talgarth. Initiated by Trevor
Pitt in 2008, The Knitting Salon project actively promotes the sharing
of knitting skills via the use of a mobile salon designed with artist
Kate Pemberton.
http://www.podprojects.org/projects/current/a-flock-of-benches

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