Sarah Filmer’s ‘knit the walls’ is an ongoing project with participants of all ages and backgrounds, who in regular social knitting sessions at GHT have produced a woollen version of Southampton’s medieval city walls.
Now GHT is open, you will be able to see the next phase of ‘knit the walls’, now that the knitted suits made in the sessions have been transformed into surreal and unsettling installations as part of the Tower exhibition, ‘Stories Behind the Stones.’
This project is an attempt to ask, from a collaborative and participatory point of view, how do the walls hold the history of the city? So many stories are lost, particularly those of the everyday, the unremarkable and the mundane.
You are invited to come knitting, and consider these lost day-to-day histories. This is not an archival endeavour, but a wondering endeavour – can we make connections with folk of the past through our actions now, today?
As we talk and wonder and ‘knit the walls’, a soft, warm, protective, functional, decorative record of knitters today grows ever larger, holding in its stitches the time and relations of its makers, as the old walls hold energies and records of the public of the city’s past.
All materials will be supplied.
November 16th, December 14th, January 18th 2020. 12-4pm.
The event will be held in the overflow cafe, which is fully accessible.
It’s free to take part, no booking required, just turn up.