This week is exciting, not least because we welcome artist Gemma Parker for the first Research and Scratch Residency at the museum. We wanted to create space and time for delving into our archives, thinking through how the stories we are custodians of are evermore relevant to contemporary culture and chatting through how the arts can bring these stories to life in unexpected ways. Gemma is particularly interested by items within our textile collection produced by women as acts of devotion. The highlight of today was finding the jewelled embroidery on a red velvet Ark curtain.
Gemma will be blogging throughout the week so you can follow her journey here https://gemma-parker.blogspot.com/2019/12/manchester-jewish-museum-day-1.html and she will share her initial thoughts with our Artists’ Network on Friday.