BEVERLY AYLING-SMITH PhD

Education

2016
PhD University for the Creative Arts (Farnham) and University of Brighton. ‘The space between mourning and melancholia: the use of cloth in contemporary art practice to materialise the work of mourning’.  

2010
MA Contemporary Craft (Textiles) Distinction. University for the Creative Arts (Farnham).

2006
BA (Hons) Embroidered Textiles (First Class) Opus School of Textile Arts – Middlesex University.

Practice

Collections

remembering, repeating and working through’ Whitworth Art Gallery Collection.

Works in the Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Collection, California, USA.

Solo show

2016
The Language of Grief: cloth as a metaphor for loss James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, UK.

2013
GalleryGallery, Kyoto, Japan.

Exhibitions

2018
Scythia Exhibition of Textile Art, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine.
Transient Prism Exhibition, Arches 402, Hoxton, UK.
Continuum 2 Menier Gallery, London, UK.
Excellence in Fibers San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California, USA.

2017 
Ajavahe. Time Difference
7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial. Tallinn, Estonia. 
Craft Continuum, Menier Gallery, London, UK.

2016
Art_Textiles. The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK.

2015
Warp and Weft, Chain Stitch and Pearl Textiles in the Ahmanson Collection, Irvine California, USA.
Trauma, Grief, Loss: The Art of Bereavement, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, UK.
Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK.
Lines of Communication, Prism Exhibition, Arches 402, Hoxton, London, UK.

2014
The Red and the Black, World of Threads exhibition, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Coded: Decoded Prism Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
PassionArt Trail, John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK.

2013 
Time: Place: Space, Research Student Exhibition, UCA, Farnham, UK
Liminal – Prism Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK.
The Fabric of Memory. The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston, London, UK.                                             

2012
Cloth and Memory Gallery 2, Salts Mill, Saltaire Yorkshire, UK.
Process, Perception, Phenomena Research Student Conference Exhibition, Herbert Read Gallery, UCA, Canterbury, UK.
Hidden Places: Hidden Spaces Prism Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK.

Conference presentations

2018
‘Cloth, loss and memory’ at ‘The Senses and Spaces of Death, Dying and Remembering: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’, University of Leeds, UK.
‘Grief and Loss: cloth as a materialisation of mourning’ at ‘The End of Life Experience: Dying, Death and Culture in the 21st Century’, Lisbon, Portugal. 

2017  
‘The bedsheet – from linen cupboard to art gallery’ at ‘The Matter of Material’ Symposium, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK.
‘The Language of Grief: cloth as a metaphor for loss’ at ‘Dying and Death in 18th-21st century Europe’, Alba Iulia, Romania.

2016
The Materialisation of Loss in Cloth’ at ‘Care, Loss and the End of Life’ Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

2014
‘The language of grief in textile art practice’ at ‘Grief. Language. Art.’ Conference, University of Liverpool, UK.

2014
Mend. Patch. Piece. Physical processes in the development of textile practice’ at ‘and where do we go from here? Rethink. Reconfigure. Reflect’ Research Student Conference, UCA Canterbury, UK.

2013
Presentation of Research at Kyoto Gedai University, Kyoto, Japan and Kawashima Textile School Kyoto, Japan.

2013  
‘Cloth and Mourning’ at CREST conference, University of Chichester. 

2012 
‘Cloth, Memory and Mourning’
2nd Global Conference, ‘Trauma: Theory and Practice’, Prague, Czech Republic.

2010
‘Material, Mourning and Memorial.’  at ‘Material Evidence’ Symposium. Bath Spa University, UK.

Publications

2018
The Bedsheet: From Linen Cupboard to Art Gallery TEXTILE, DOI: 10.1080/14759756.2018.1432142

2013 
Cloth, Memory and Mourning
in The Strangled Cry: The Communication and Experience of Trauma. Edited by Aparajita Nanda and Peter Bray. Interdisciplinary Press. pp235-255.

Professional Membership

Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
Prism

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