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The Knitting Map: Art, community and controversy 2005 - 2015

Jools Gilson and Richard Povall

In association with the School of English, University College Cork.

Gallery 1, 2 April - 5 July 2015


The Knitting Map was one of the flagship projects of Cork’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2005, and became the subject of local and national controversy in that year, as well as during the intervening decade. The Knitting Map was a durational, textile installation, which combined hand-knitting with motion-sensing technologies, and involved more than two thousand people, many of whom were working class women from Cork. The Glucksman will present both the original work of art that emerged from this ambitious collaboration, as well as photography, documents and media reports that contextualise the project and enable audiences to revisit and explore this key moment in Cork's cultural history.

A publication will accompany the exhibition including a text on The Knitting Map from art critic, activist and curator Lucy Lippard.

Jools Gilson is an Interdisciplinary Artist Scholar. Her performance and visual art work has been produced, performed and exhibited internationally, supported by multiple awards from the Arts Council of Ireland / England and others. She is also an award-winning radio broadcaster and has made successful documentaries for RTÉ Radio One & BBC Radio 4. She publishes in the fields of Performance Studies, Creative Writing and Visual Culture. She directed The Knitting Map with Richard Povall from 2003-2005, and has written and presented on aspects of the work internationally – scholarship recognised by the Textile Society of America (Founding Presidents’ Award, 2011).

Knitting Map symposium
Thursday, 14 May 2015.
River Room, Lewis Glucksman Gallery
All welcome. Please contact Jools Gilson at for registration and further information.

Download symposium schedule here.

This symposium brings together art critics and other commentators to discuss a decade of The Knitting Map; its making, reception and future. This includes a keynote address by the design historian and author of The Culture of Knitting, Joanne Turney, as well as presentations by Jessica Hemmings (Head of Visual Culture, National College of Art & Design, Dublin), Lizbeth Goodman (Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, University College Dublin) and by the art historian Deborah Barkun (Associate Professor of Art History, Ursinus College, Pennsylvania, US).

Knitters' Welcome
Saturday, 16 May 2015.
10:15 - 12 noon, Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Were you involved in knitting The Knitting Map? You are warmly invited to join our Knitters' Welcome where there will be an opportunity to talk about the map and do some knitting in the gallery spaces. All knitters welcome.

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