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First year student wins climate change-focused art competition

Nicholas Bennett, a first year BA Design student at Goldsmiths, is the winner of the #CreateCOP25 competition launched by artist management agency Art Partner. The contest invited young creatives to submit artistic proposals that engage with contemporary issues around climate change.

Nicholas’s winning entry is a waterproof formal suit for people to wear during flooded commutes:

I created this work a year ago, whilst exploring the ways people use objects to protect themselves from environmental forces. I started creating solutions for flooding with the everyday objects that surrounded me. This issue is becoming increasingly prevalent, since I’ve completed this work the news has been constantly filled with people living in floods such as recently in the UK and Venice, I used temporary waterproofs as a solution. It also fascinated me how we attempt to face climate consequences. I wanted to continue to understand the lengths people will go to, to carry on with ‘life’.

More information about the competition and the winners can be found on the Art Partner website.

“Women of Walthamstow: Cloth, Activism and Empathy” – talk with Rose Sinclair

When: 5 October 2019, 14:30 – 15:30

Where: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London

Free, drop-in

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies – charitable textile-making clubs – in and around Walthamstow, exploring how women used crafting practices to initiate social change.

Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent being Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology (2015). Her current research focuses on black British women their crafting practices, and aesthetics. She uses installations and crafting workshops to discuss issues of gender, authenticity, identity, migration and settlement.

A key element in her research is the study of Dorcas Clubs and Societies and their used as a catalyst for black women to navigate safe textiles making spaces. Her research reflects on how the history of the Dorcas Clubs and Societies can influence contemporary textiles networks and practices.