International Women’s Day: Angela Maddock


Our next exhibition at Oriel Myrddin Gallery is Angela Maddock: Sometimes all you can do is walk; for International Women’s Day we asked Angela to tell us about some of the women in the arts who inspire her.

“I am very interested in materialising empathy, care and compassion and enabling. Working and thinking through the practices and processes of textiles. Working to bring the tacit, the beyond or outside language of textile practice, to knowledge…and to explore the pleasure of textile making and textile wearing, its habits.

Oh, there are so many Women in the Arts to be inspired by! Without hesitation I include Judith Scott, Louise Bourgeois, Annette Messager, Erin Riley, and Annie Mae Young and the women of Gee’s Bend.

Each has the most incredible sense of what threads and ‘soft stuff’ meaning and what they might be. I see their work and am simultaneously overjoyed, appalled, anxious, inspired. That’s so good. They all make me want to make, that’s the key. You should leave someone’s work wanting to get making, do something. And the Gee’s bend quilts, real beauty out of the too often discarded. Just stunning.

I’d also include the many women ‘behind the scenes’, those with a particular vision who are not necessarily well known and who do so much to change things, develop others. They are too often forgotten – great teachers, enablers, administrators. I’d include my friend Kate Dunton, who works at the Cultural Institute at King’s, in their number and my daughter, who so often reminds me that good mentoring doesn’t need to come from those further along the road. I’d like to be like all these women, tall order!”


Dr Angela Maddock, Independent lecturer, artist/maker, currently working as ‘Maker in Residence’ with the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College, London. Honorary Research Fellow at Swansea College of Art.


Angela Maddock: Sometimes all you can do is walk

31 March – 11 May 2019


Opening event: Sunday 31 March 2019 11am – 1pm

Following in her Footsteps

Join us on Mother’s Day for Sunday morning coffee and pastries with artist Angela Maddock and her daughter Ruby Maddock (Tate Learning Schools Assistant, writer and artist) for an unconventional ‘In Conversation’ event to open our new exhibition.

On October 6th 2018 Angela set off from Carmarthen to walk to Middlesbrough. Ruby followed her progress from afar. In this ‘In Conversation’, they invite us to join them as they unpick the evidence of an epic journey – its tales, trials, evidence gathered, returned and transformed – and what it might mean to ‘follow in her footsteps’.


Free event, no need to book, everyone welcome (mothers and daughters optional!)





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