Ann Sutton in Words and Film

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Celebrating weaver and artist Ann Sutton and the Crafts Lives archive.

This event has been rescheduled from the original date of 16 September.

The last few years have seen a deserved resurgence of interest in Ann Sutton's long career as a weaver, maker and artist. Join us at this exciting free event for the public premiere of the beautiful documentary film My Bones are Woven, bookended by a discussion on making art and crafting narratives.

My Bones Are Woven is a documentary about Ann who, in her 80s, set a radical new course for creativity challenging the expectations of her age and finding herself in the limelight of the world’s leading galleries vying to own her work. Ann Sutton won world acclaim as a weaver and industrial textile designer. But, aged 78, she gave up her looms and dedicated herself instead to pushing the boundaries of fine art.

In her ‘laboratory’ of a studio she works alongside her assistant Ruth to turn her endless ideas into radical creations. She is a magnet for artistic collaborators who visit to enjoy her energy and wry humour. Suddenly Ann’s world changes as curators from two of Britain’s biggest art institutions – The Tate and V&A – start knocking on her door. Covid lockdown sees her revving up rather than slowing down. As Ruth prepares Ann’s work for the Tate she is also finalising her own packing to retire to Cornwall. Ann, now 86, deals with Ruth’s teary farewell in the only way she can. She is back in the studio creating what she feels is her best work yet. The film, by beachtobeach, is co-directed by Jane Mote and Joshua Kershaw.

In 2004 Ann recorded a long life story interview for National Life Stories Crafts Lives archive – a treasure trove of oral histories with over 160 crafts specialists amassed over 20 years. As part of the evening we will explore the archive and its many strengths, led by Suzanne Joinson – NLS Goodison Fellow who has studied Ann's interview in depth. As part of the evening we will explore the archive and its many strengths, led by Suzanne Joinson, NLS Goodison Fellow who has studied Ann's interview in depth, and Amanda Game, curator of contemporary craft and NLS Trustee.

Also joining us for the evening’s celebration of the life and work of Ann Sutton will be the filmmaker, Jane Mote and Ann Coxon, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.

Amanda Game is a curator and producer in the field of contemporary craft. Over a forty-year career she has worked with many leading UK makers building networks of both private and public support for their work. The latter include Dovecot Tapestry Studios, the V&A, Goldsmiths Company, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Fitzwilliam Museum and National Museums, Edinburgh.

Ann Coxon is Curator of International Art at Tate Modern. Having always questioned the hierarchy of craft and art, Ann has a special interest in textile art and recently curated the major exhibitions at Tate Modern of two pioneering women Dorothea Tanning, 2019 and Anni Albers, 2018–19.

Suzanne Joinson is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. She is the author of two novels, A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar and The Photographer’s Wife, both with Bloomsbury, and essays and journalism with The New York Times and other places. She is particularly interested in life narratives and artistic legacies and is currently the National Life Stories Goodison Fellow at the British Library.

Jane Mote is a seasoned journalist and former head of BBC London, who worked in senior roles in television for decades. Now Director of beechtobeach production company she creates content with many artists recently producing/co-directing My Bones Are Woven. She is also Editorial Consultant for The Whickers film fund and runs story labs for documentary makers the world over.

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Name: Ann Sutton in Words and Film
Where: Wellcome Auditorium, Francis Crick Institute
When: -
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546