Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

For The Barbican Art Gallery

We joined The Barbican Art Gallery as exhibition build partner for Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, opened in February 2024.

Co-curated by the Barbican and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, this major group exhibition presents work by 50 international, intergenerational artists using textiles to communicate vital ideas about power, resistance and survival. 

From intimate hand-crafted pieces to monumental sculptural installations, the works offer narratives of violence, imperialism and exclusion alongside stories of resilience, love and hope.

We worked with the gallery to develop their installation requirements in rigorous detail, bringing a meticulous level of craft to the furniture and fittings used to display the work.

Working to the highest levels of gallery standard we included features such as humidity control features in vitrines and gallery-spec lighting.

We assumed a coordination role, carefully planning works programmes and design schedules for collating required information from the numerous artists for whom we were producing elements integral to the pieces.

We developed a custom system for this show, to reduce waste materials, add efficiencies to the tight build schedule, and reduce manual handling on site.

We provided an in-depth environmental study for this system, comparing the carbon footprint with conventional building systems to establish a benefit.