1st July 2021
Colne Valley Museum in Golcar, Huddersfield, will mark its reopening this weekend with In Praise of Makers, a new exhibition by artist, illustrator and printmaker, Ed Kluz, as part of the Meeting Point programme.
In Praise Of Makers celebrates the history and making skills of this unique locality of the Colne Valley, Golcar, West Yorkshire. With its identity carved out by the craft and politics of working men and women, Colne Valley Museum celebrates this social history in contemporary terms by an artist whose practice and ethos relates and responds so perfectly with the museum today.
In Praise Of Makers will open on 3 July, announced by a vibrant Banner sited outside, made for this exhibition by McNair Shirts of Slaithwaite and embroidered by the craft class of Colne Valley Museum. Inside the weavers cottage museum, the former bedroom has been temporarily transformed by artist Ed Kluz, who pays homage to the skills of the past and of today. Working collaboratively with the volunteers, whose skills as weavers, embroiderers and craftmakers have shaped his response, In Praise Of Makers will demonstrate how relevant these skills are to contemporary life.
Melanie Williams from Colne Valley Museum, said:
“What Ed has done is create a collection of artworks and items that presents Colne Valley Museum in a brand new way. Each one tells a piece of our history and champions the traditional skills of the textile industry, which defined this area and became the livelihood of so many people that lived here. We have an important story to tell and we hope this exhibition will help people see why we need to preserve the skills that helped Yorkshire’s textile industry become a global powerhouse.”
Artist, Ed Kluz, said:
“Colne Valley Museum is a hub of traditional skills, from cloth and clog making to cooking, storytelling and crafts. Thanks to the revival of cottage industries, the talent stored in this building is as relevant today as it was in the heyday of the industrial revolution. I hope this exhibition helps people remember why we need preserve and protect Golcar’s textile and manufacturing heritage. With so many independent makers in the area, Colne Valley Museum can become a place of learning and help revive traditional manufacturing techniques that risk being lost and forgotten.”
Colne Valley Museum’s new exhibition is part of the third round of Arts&Heritage’s ACE-funded Meeting Point programme, which partners leading UK and international artists with six museums in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.
Meeting Point has gained a reputation for its innovative approach to forging relationships between artists and museums and heritage spaces. The programme is an opportunity for artists to work with unique collections and unlock access to the knowledge of museum curators, whilst supporting small and medium scale museums to develop skills in commissioning new contemporary art for local audiences to experience.
Stephanie Allen, Executive Director at Arts&Heritage said:
“Ed’s exhibition at Colne Valley Museum includes stories from the local community so visitors gain a deeper understanding about the museum and its role as a family home, an important part of Yorkshire’s textile industry, and as a political meeting place. The work Ed has produced will help visitors experience the museum’s collections in a new way and encourage more people to discover this unique and special venue.”
In Praise of Makers at Colne Valley Museum opens from Saturday 3 July and runs until Monday 4 October 2021. For more information visit www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk.