'Identity' - A creative exhibition by the Midlands Textile Forum
- 01 May 2023
The Midlands Textile Forum have delved into The Workhouse's history, stories and legacy to create this evocative and revealing exhibition where people are at the very heart of its design.
Want to learn more about the Midlands Textile Forum?
To learn more about their talented work and the team responsible for this display, go to: https://www.midlandstextileforum.com/
What is identity, anyway?
Identity is complex but it provides a starting point for exploration into the meaning of who we are, both for ourselves and for others. We're closely intertwined with eachother, so identity can refer to individual characteristics or those that are displayed in a group, where appearance and role behaviour help form a group identity.
How does this relate to the Workhouse and Infirmary?
There are lots of emotionally-charged stories about people at The Workhouse. We can paint a picture of their lives through historical documents, conversations and physical evidence that, when put together, allow us to explore their existence and contributions as individuals.
Sadly, there is limited information about lots of inhabitants of The Workhouse. It's still important to remember that they were people who had a voice and identity too, even if we can't provide evidence of it today. While there's always more to explore, we know that we can already build an understanding of these silent voices through the group identities they may have had, as well as general understandings of that period of time.
What materials and techniques were used to produce the displays?
The strength of the Midlands Textile Forum is the diversity of the textile mediums they employ. This can include traditional techniques used in a contemporary way. It involves...
- Painting on cloth
- Digital manipulation
Some handy information about the Identity exhibit...
How long is it on for?
The exhibit will be displayed until we close for the season in October, giving you lots of time to come along and see it for yourself.
Where can I find it?
The exhibit is featured exclusively on the top floor of The Workhouse, where there is lots of space for the artists to present their work. You won't find this exhibition anywhere else!
How much does it cost?
The exhibition is included with your normal site admission fees. If you are National Trust members, you gain free entry.