Layers of Memory

A solo exhibition of work by Society member Beverly Ayling-Smith MSDC.

Event details


'Layers of Memory: holding on + letting go', is an exhibition of new textile artwork questioning what we remember, how we revisit, refine, reconstruct events and feelings of the past. Why is it that some memories come readily to mind whilst others have to be pieced together from fragments? Do we feel what we felt then or what we felt the last time we remembered? Building on her previous research into emotional barriers and vulnerability, this exhibition of work by Beverly Ayling-Smith uses pillowcases and inherited bedsheets to explore and question whether we preserve the past or reconstruct it in the light of the present.

Beverly is an artist and researcher whose Doctoral thesis examined how cloth can be used as a metaphor for loss and connect with the emotions of the viewer. Beverly has exhibited widely in both the UK and internationally; she has work in the Whitworth Art Gallery collection in the UK and in collections in the USA. She has had her research published in the UK and been a speaker at international conferences in Athens, Budapest, Prague, Lisbon, Greece and keynote speaker at the MAKE symposium in Cork 2022. She has been an Associate Research Fellow at the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts since 2016.


Lansdown Hall and Gallery
Stroud GL5 1BB


27 Sep 2023 to 8 Oct 2023

Opening Times

11.00 to 16.00 daily.


Free entry

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