Fabric of Place was a Slow Art, artist in residency programme based in Reeth and the surrounding area of Swaledale. The project aimed to nurture specific audiences including children, young people and isolated older people to engage with art, sustainability and place making to help us develop new ideas and approaches for the future.
Artists involved include Joanne Kaar, Serena Partridge, Ed Kluz and Graham Taylor. The project was supported by North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities Programme and the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund.
Each artist worked within the theme ‘Outside In’ over the two year project. Their own work and work they produced with community groups was displayed in a subsequent touring exhibition which visited the Dales Countryside Museum, Keld Resource Centre and Catterick Library, North Yorkshire.
During the project, we recorded some of the conversations had with community members. These conversations went on to inspire the fabric design on our Fabric of Place Chair. Below you’ll find a series of these conversations. Now that the exhibition has ended, the chair has returned home to its community in Reeth.
You can read the entirety of the project evaluation for Fabric of Place in our Resources.