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Textile graduate off to a flying start

A graduate from Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art is showcasing her textile work at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre and Canfas gallery and is hoping to be selected for an EU craft residency.

Ruth Petersen is a textile artist whose work focuses on social and political topics.

At the Portal exhibition at Llantarnam Arts Centre, which is the annual exhibition of emerging arts practices, she is displaying her large-scale hand-woven textile sculpture, called ‘Structurally Unsound’, which was originally created for her final major project at college.

This work represents her recent discovery that during the 1990s, she was living in the Ledbury Estate in Southwark, which is now recognised as a very unsafe building, similarly to the Grenfell Tower.

Her work captures the vulnerability of such buildings where outer layers of her sculpture is woven to create a beautiful yet unprotective layer of protection, melting away.

She is one of 19 artists taking part in this exhibition across Wales and England.

Ruth is also exhibiting at Canfas gallery in Cardigan in their Art of Protest exhibition which explores how the visual arts can be used to communicate and to bring about change.

She has also taken part in EU Craft Hub workshops and has applied for their maker exchange residency which will showcase a wealth of European craft practice and provide training workshops, exhibitions, conferences and a European Festival of Craft. 

Craft Hub is a European project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme focused on Craft in the context of cultural heritage and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice

Work created during the residencies will go forward for selection for the EU Craft Hub exhibitions which will be held in the different partner cities displaying works by Craft practitioners from across Europe to a wide public audience.

Jamie Hawkins, faculty manager at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art said: “Ruth has always been a proactive student and I’m delighted to see her so active in the arts sector so soon after graduating.”