Event/s: Fashion Africa with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery – Wikithon (23/09) & Textile Study Day (29/09)

AfricanTextile wikithon_Brighton Digital FestSaturday 23 September: African Fashion: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon event
10:30-16:30, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, FREE (part of Brighton Digital Festival)

Come and help update Wikipedia, to provide more articles and images on African fashion and textile design. Full training and support will be provided on the day.

The event also includes the opportunity to take a first look at the Museum’s new collection of post-1960s African textiles and garments. This event is part of the Fashion Africa project and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures scheme.

If you’d like to come and take part in this opportunity to edit Wiki platforms, please register in advance by emailing stephen.kisko@brighton-hove.gov.uk for free entry and further information.

Kente cloth from GhanaFriday 29 September: Textile Study Day 10.00-16.00, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, FREE

Brighton Museum have recently created a new collection of post 1960s African dress and textiles, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures scheme. The Fashion Africa collection provides new perspectives on the Museum’s historic collection and documents changing practices, enduring traditions and new innovations in fashion and textile production on the continent.

All interested are invited to come and view the new collections, share skills and knowledge, and explore how to identify textile techniques and practices both from the African continent and further afield. As such this event will be of interest to curators and researchers working with a broad range of textile material.

The event will be hosted by the World Art team at Brighton Museum and two specialists in the field: Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Textile and Dress Historian and Director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, and Dr Nicola Stylianou, African textile specialist and post-doctoral researcher (‘South Coast Cosmopolitanism: Collections, Connections, Diversities’, Sussex Africa Centre, University of Sussex).

The first half of the day will include presentations introducing the Fashion Africa project and collections, and the specialist’s current work. After lunch will be a hands on session with the collection, exploring techniques and practices with the specialists and staff.

This event is a partnership event between Royal Pavilion & Museums and the Museum Ethnographers Group. The event and lunch are free but places are limited.

To book a place email Rachel.heminwayhurst@brighton-hove.gov.uk, Curator of World Art at Brighton Museum and MEG Events Officer.



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