Ainsley Hillard planning special exhibition at Aberglasney

Ainsley Hillard will be exhibiting at Aberglasney Mansion House and Gardens in the Tywi Valley, Carmarthenshire, from October 10, 2014, and is interested in bringing together the past and the present.
Her arts practice is site-referential, being informed by specific places and the memories they hold.
Over the past year, Ainsley has been collaborating with acoustic engineer Rhys James to create a site-specific audio-textile exhibition, that will be installed in the interiors of Aberglasney House as well as the Cloister Gardens.
Born and living in Carmarthenshire she is interested in the social-history of Aberglasney which has acted as a catalyst, inspiring her to develop and create a new body of work informed by the original archival materials and records both past and present.
Ainsley has also been inspired by the poetry of John Dyer, ‘Grongar Hill’ and ‘A Country Walk’ to develop audio-textile installations.

Ainsley’s aims:
• To reveal stories both individual and collective that will build relationships and make connections with the wider community.
• To create a socially responsive art project that considers the audience as interconnected.
• The audience is actively engaged in the space and implicated within the artwork. As a result the relationship between people, memory and space becomes inter-woven.

Ainsley would like to invite the public to contribute to the project by reading sections of the John Dyer poems. If anyone has any personal stories or experiences regarding Aberglasney and the surrounding area, Ainsley would like to hear from them and can be contacted via email -
Ainsley will undertake aural recordings at Aberglasney in the near future (date to be confirmed).
A selection of these aural recordings will contribute to the final exhibition.

About Ainsley -
Born in Carmarthenshire, she is currently based in Llandeilo.
She trained at Middlesex University, London and graduated in 2000 with a First Class B.A. Honours Degree in Constructed Textiles. The recipient of the 2001 James Pantyfedwen Scholarship enabled her to undertake postgraduate studies. In 2003 she gained a Master of Arts in Visual Arts at Curtin University, Australia gaining a Distinction.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Australia, Japan, Austria, Lithuania, and Finland. Her work to date has been selected for the Valcellina Award, Italy, awarded first prize in the International Textile Exhibition, Belgium, the International Textiles Biennial Scythia, Ukraine and the Shell Fremantle Print Award, Australia.
Her work is part of the Lloyd Cotsen Textile Traces Collection, USA and the Fibre Art Collection of the City of Chieri, Italy.
A recipient of a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales. Her research continues to have an interdisciplinary approach, embracing both textile and non-textile materials and processes including traditional hand weaving, print, photography as well as audio-visual technologies.


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