Spike Dennis will be exhibiting works from his Treading Clouds & Updraughts series as a part of the ‘A Darker Thread’ exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales from 3 February to 8 April.
Wales has a much celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design. From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history.
Whilst ‘A Darker Thread’ takes this heritage as its starting point, twelve contemporary artists, designers and makers have been invited to exhibit work which subverts these expectations.
Exhibitors have been selected for their challenging, confrontational or unpredictable approach to making thoroughly contemporary work which confidently cross boundaries of art, design and craft. A variety of making processes are exemplified, but all make use of thread in some form.
Ruthin Craft Centre is revenue funded by the Arts Council of Wales and is part of Denbighshire County Council.
Inside are three galleries – two for displaying the best contemporary craft from Wales and around the world, the other a collections gallery and a retail gallery space. There are also studios for artists, educational and residency facilities, a café and a tourist information cultural gateway.
The Ruthin Craft Centre is open daily from 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free and on-site parking is available.