The committee are excited to welcome Ashley Gray to give a lecture on 20th Century British and American textiles. Ashley will tell the story of the evolution of British textiles and tapestries from its initial relationship from artist (such as Vanessa Bell, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Henri Matisse) to textile manufacture in post war Britain. Attendees will also hear about the fascinating subject of American textiles after the Great Depression in 1929 and President Franklin D Roosevelt’s inspired artistic ‘New Deal’ for getting America back on its creative feet. During times of austerity comes creativity. Hundred’s of skilled and unskilled artists and many illiterate women were desperate for work and became trained in sewing and textile printing - the hand blocked textiles they designed have a wonderful naive feel and translate to an item of beauty; it is an extraordinary piece of history that these have been saved and their story told.

Ashley Gray is a successful Modern Art specialist and runs the gallery Gray M.C.A with his fashion curator wife, Connie, in Bath. He has lectured throughout America and the UK. He will be speaking at Messum’s Wilshire inaugural textile exhibition in March 2019 and showing many of these textiles works at the 2019 BADA Fair.

This event has been organised by the Jersey Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Jersey Museum

The Weighbridge, St Helier, South West, St Helier, JE2 3NG

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To book, please contact Anne Binney on or call 01534863129

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