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Take part in some London art

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 7, 2009

The Whitechapel Gallery want to invite Stitch & Bitch Londoners to participate in an interactive commission curated by artist Richard Wentworth.  Wentworth is the inaugural curator for a year-long commission titled A Confiscation of String in our ‘Cabinet of Curiousities’.

His piece is called A Confiscation of String:

He says:

‘Vitrines are confined, almost airless spaces in which objects and materials are sealed for display. Spectators and other worlds get reflected in the surfaces of vitrines.

The simple and ancient democracy of string seemed like the perfect linear way to generate both a volume and a changing display over one calendar year.

Beyond my own contributions I have already received an envelope full of string and also a plump parcel, tied up with string. As the rumour of A Confiscation of String gathers momentum I realise that I am likely to receive many more contributions. I undertake to display what I receive on a monthly basis, but I must also reserve the right to edit contributions. I am much looking forward to the planned Night of Etymologies and The Knot Night. Keep the string coming’.”

If you understood any of that and want to take part then:

This commission involves a large glass cabinet in our new study studio.  Wentworth is initiating a collection of string to be housed inside the cabinet, which will accumulate during the year with donations by members of the general public.  The cabinet will also be featured in a series of public events in the gallery around the theme of string.

If you would like to participate in this project you can donating/lending pieces of string or artworks composed of string.

Send them to:

The Confiscation of String
c/o Nicola Sim
Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

All donations are welcome – they don’t have to be particularly “arty”.

We gather by ‘donating’ you might get them back.

Email them for more details at


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