Conceptual Clothing

Curation, 1986-88


Artists: Rasheed Araeen, Bridget Bailey, Caroline Broadhead, Sarah Brooker, Sokari Douglas Camp, Mikey Cuddihy, Susie Freeman, Rose Garrard, Mona Hatoum, Susanna Heron, Susan Hiller, Cas Holmes, Steve Johnson, Mary Kelly, Richard Layzell, Marian Schoettle, Sebastiane, Yolande Snaith, Deb Thomas, David Ward, Jenny Wiggins and Lois Williams.

This exhibition was staged at a time when ‘material’ was not considered an appropriate medium for fine art students. The Ikon gallery had to amend its constitution in order to be able to host the show as some of the work was considered to be ‘craft’.

‘Clothing is the material and conceptual substance that defines and thereby distinguishes the public and the cultural from the private and the naked. The artists whose work is presented in this show ...have taken clothing from its everyday context and re-presented it as slightly different, more generic, more abstract and even non-material, yet still very familiar. The ‘clothes’ in this show are meant to be tried on.’ Fran Cottell and Marian Schoettle from the catalogue.

Commissioned For

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


1986-88, ‘Conceptual Clothing’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Peterborough City Museum & Art Gallery; Spacex Gallery, Exeter; Stoke on Trent City Museum and Art Gallery; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Huddersfield Art Gallery; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford; Camden Art Centre.


Marian Schoettle

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