Haldon Programmes

May-July 2010

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Fashion, Textiles and the Environment

Banners by Northbank announcing the programme. Photo Chris Lewis.

29 May-25 July 2010

Lucy Orta


Lucy Orta trained as a fashion designer but worked as a visual artist since the early 1990s. Now based in Paris, she had exhibited around the world, including at the Venice, Havana and Johannesburg Biennials. Graphic panel.

Introduction panel

General view of Lucy Orta exhibition. Photo Chris Lewis.

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Lucy’s work was often a critical response to sensitive areas of society, reflecting on themes such as community and social inclusion, dwellings and mobility, recycling and sustainable development. Conceptual in her approach, she was also innovative and experimental, creating modular and transformable objects such as wearable shelters, survival kits and mobile kitchens that are both functional and utopian.

She often used facilitated workshop processes, harnessing fashion’s power to create identity and symbolic content for ‘social sculpture’ worn in public spaces and used as interventions commenting directly on social and global issues. She drew inspiration from a variety of disciplines including fashion, architecture, design philosophy, social activism and traditional art practice. The exhibition brought together her sculptures, videos, objects and drawings, selected from a larger exhibition of her work at Plymouth Arts Centre.


  • 31 May: Upcycle the Geodesic Dome workshop
  • 5 June: Funky Refashion Fun workshop. Photo Clive Adams.
  • 16 June: Talk introducing Fashion Footprints with curator Emma Rigby
  • 11-13 June: Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
  • Sundays/Bank Holidays: Performances on the outdoor stage
Geodesic Dome patch workshop. Photo Chris Lewis.
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