Social Knitwork

at The Art Cohort

1st May – 7th June 2021.

Social Knitwork is a collaborative project between The Art Cohort and artist, Lou Baker, supported by Bath Spa University’s Harbutt Fund. The project focuses on how art can be used to build connections between local communities after the extended isolation of lockdown.

Lou Baker will create a web-like installation in The Art Cohort Exhibition Space, drawing in space with wool.

Knitting transforms a line into a network of multiple connections; Lou Baker will be in residence during the exhibition, knitting and adding to the installation which will develop throughout the month of May inside the Artspace, making visible those growing connections. Visitors will see the installation grow like an organic body day by day.

During the exhibition a number of outdoor installation sites will be in Bath, near The Art Cohort. Members of the public, walkers, families, neighbours and passers-by are invited to add their thoughts and objects to the installations physically the next time they pass that way or send messages virtually via social media which we will add. The location of the external sites forms a walking tour of these temporary art installations, which take approximately 1 hour to complete.

The IMAGINATION STATION with art materials will be accessible to the public at The Art Cohort throughout the exhibition to make something to add to the installations.

We invite you to become part of an ongoing socially distanced ‘conversation’, sharing ways we can work together to develop creative strategies for recovery and regeneration as we move beyond the ‘new normal’ of the pandemic.

A programme of free events will take place online alongside the exhibition:

Thursday 13th May, 2pm – Virtual Artist Talk with Lou Baker – Social Knitwork: Thinking of the Future BOOK HERE

Tuesday 18th May, 2-3pm – Instagram Live Walking Tour with Lou Baker and Kat Dawe Schmeisser

Thursday 27th May, 6-7pm – ‘Knit Together’ Virtual Knit Along Social with Lou Baker BOOK A PLACE HERE

Join us to ‘knit together’ our community in Bath countering the isolation of the last year.

Social Knitwork: Walking Trail Map

1st May – 7th June 2021

Why not walk the trail?

How do we make connections between one another as we emerge from the extended isolation of lockdown?

Please bring something to add or visit the Imagination Station at The Art Cohort to make something to add to the indoor installation there and the 4 outdoor installations and join the conversation.

Click Map Image to Download PDF document of Walking Trail Map

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