Alice Kettle is a highly regarded contemporary artist whose practice is focused upon stich. Her ambitious art works challenge assumptions about the textile medium, bringing together the intimacy and detail of stich with large-scale colour fields, while intuitively exploiting the effects of mechanical processes.
Her project Thread Bearing Witness at the Whitworth Art Gallery, opens Sept 2018 – March 2019. www.threadbearingwitness.com. This major project looks at issues of displacement and cultural movement. A major commission for Lloyd's Register, A Map for the Future was installed in the Global Technology Centre at Southampton University in September 2015. Alice's Golden Dawn (2014) was purchased by Shipley Art Gallery, from Contemporary Applied Arts at COLLECT.
She exhibited The Garden of England, a commission of three major new works for The Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich as the inaugural project of the Royal Museums Greenwich contemporary arts programme. As Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University she has curated Pairings a touring exhibition of collaborative practice, which is currently showing at Contemporary Applied Arts in London. The International Pairings conference took place at Manchester Metropolitan University in May 2012.
The Erotic Cloth was published by Bloomsbury in Feb 2018. Co-edited with Prof Lesley Millar is shows the sensual aspect to cloth presented through a variety of media such a painting, film and performance. Collaboration Through Craft (Berg Publishers, ISBN: 9780857853912), a publication co-edited by Alice Kettle draws upon her critical research practice at Manchester Art School into cross disciplinary practices. This volume is available from Bloomsbury publishing. This is a ground-breaking volume analyses the philosophies, politics and practicalities of collaborative craft work. www.bloomsbury.com
Thread Bearing Witness will be shown at the British Textile Biennale in October 2019
Her work is held in major collections in the UK and abroad including the International Slavery Museum Liverpool, the Crafts Council, London, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and the Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate, Oggi, Turin, Italy. Commissions for architectural spaces include the National Library of Australia, the Scottish High Court, Edinburgh, Gloucester Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, the School of Music and Drama at Manchester University and Winchester Discovery Centre.
Alice is Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Real World Learning at the University of Winchester.