The Action Factory.Bath

Above.Work by ceramic artist Claire Loder

The School of Art and Design has acquired a ‘new to them’ building.
The Action Factory on Locksbrook Road in Bath, in the UK.

The iconic building is situated next to the river and within walking distance of both the city centre and the main student accommodation.

Although textiles won’t be centred there we will of course use all the facilities and be part of the bigger picture.
We have our own exciting plans under wraps and, as they say, watch this space.

Currently there’s a staff exhibition in part of the space and this show, along with the student exhibition at Sion Hill, has been drawing in the crowds.

If you missed our show we will be at New Designers from Weds 28th June until Sat 1st July 2017 and then again at RHS Hampton Court from July 4th -9th July 2017

Please say Hi. We love to talk to you.

Below are pictures from the show and images of the building before the adaptation.

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Rachael Howard

We are delighted to announce the ‘tour’ dates for Rachael’s fabulous show – Red Work.
Touring the country with Knit and Stitch you will be able to catch it at a venue near you soon.

Congratulations Rachael.

click here for more info on the Edinburgh show

Rachael will be doing Creative Covered Buttons workshops on Sat and Sun, here is link for booking The Learning Curve Worshops:

Red Work will also be showing at The Knitting and Stitching Shows coming up at:
Alexandra Palace, London 11-15 Oct 2017
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin 9-12 Nov 2017
Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate
​23-26 Nov 2017

Red Work: Rachel Howard

Red Work is a major solo exhibition by acclaimed textile artist Rachael Howard. Rachael records and celebrates the joys and frustrations of everyday family life in large-scale figurative work inspired by 19th century redwork story quilts – for her the Instagram of their day.

“Most of us are in awe of Howard’s sketched lines, reproducing an image so effortlessly, and her mark-making forming new life on a page or textile surface with such alacrity”, Ann Gibson, The Quilter.

Utilising Rachael’s signature techniques of line drawing, machine embroidery, applique, screen-printing and digital printing, Red Work reinvents the redwork quilts and coverlets of the late 1880’s. The work depicts imagery associated with domesticity – simple motifs of flowers, animals, birds and children, in scenes captured from everyday life, such as jogging, football and watching Japanese wrestlers.

“The fluidity of line that she employs and her ability to capture a gesture in a few economical marks draws parallels with the immediacy of Instagram but adds something more. These images have a vitality, truth and energy that only drawing from life can achieve”, Polly Leonard, Selvedge.


We are very lucky to have the most dedicated and committed technical support here at Bath.Not only do they support our students but create their own work too.
This piece is by Joy Merron, our embroidery technical help, and is for Ignite Somerset at the Engine Room in Bridgwater – also known as Somerset Film.
Joy says…
The exhibition, ‘Belonging’ is a response through digital media to our notion of belonging.  My piece is a series of videos filmed on the Levels, investigating our relationship with water and agriculture, the natural and manmade landscape.  These videos have been digitally mapped to project onto 3 angled surfaces.

It’s a development of work initially designed and researched with a bursary from SAW (Somerset Art Works) about the Somerset Levels and Moors a couple of years ago and exhibited at the Black Swan studio spaces.

It’s on display until 8th April and the admission is free


 Belonging to the Levels

Rachael lectures on her own practice.


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The staff teaching on BA Hons Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors here at Bath School of Art and Design are practising artists and designers in their own right.
We regularly share with students our work and working practice.
Recently Rachael Howard lectured on her figurative print and embroidery.


For more of Rachael’s work click here

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Hugh Sanders
on brevity
UNDEGUN 21.11.15-14.12.15
Regent Street,Wrexham, LL11 1SG

Preparing for the opening of the show.

Everyone contributing and inputting into the course here at Bath School of Art and Design is a practising artist or designer.The skills,techniques and concepts the students are introduced to are varied, wide ranging and designed to make them think and question their place and ambition in the world in which they are engaged.

For more information click here
Hugh’s exhibition opens tomorrow evening and is showing until the 14 December.

Plan to see it if you can.It’s mightily impressive

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