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MARY BALL (1922-2006)

Press Release

Mary Ball (1922-2006) Retrospective


Private View with performances: 8 February, 5-8pm

Exhibition: 11 February – 23 May, Monday – Friday 11am-5pm

Constance Howard Gallery


Global Fusion Music and Arts, in conjunction with the Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University, is pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Mary Ball (1922-2006). This exhibition consists of a collection of textiles by the artist and a series of performances incorporating some of her work.


Throughout her career as an independent artist, art teacher and a theatre facilitator Ball would dye, sew, cut up and reform fabrics to create bold, expressive textile works. She saw fabric as a means to push the boundaries of textiles, using them with sound, light and performance to explore colour and form.


Ball liked to imagine her work as a living, breathing entity and she involved many people from diverse creative backgrounds in live performances of her work. She often considered these works as a part of a larger, ever-changing performance.


Inspired by this, GFMA is excited to announce the first live performance with the works, directed by Stevie-Rose and accompanied by a soundscape created by Ethnomusicologist, Joanna Shiel. Several of the hangings will be placed onto sculpture, moved and manipulated against a backdrop of city-park sounds inspired by Ball’s love of Greenwich Park. The hangings will remain on the sculpture until the next performance, when they will come to life again.


The exhibition includes a selection of textiles, an accompanying film featuring the in Greenwich Park, archival sketchbooks and performance photographs.


Additional performances

8 March 12-2pm

3 May 12-2pm

Constance Howard Gallery

& Goldsmiths Textile Collection

Deptford Town Hall

New Cross

SE14 6AP






Presented by:

Global Fusion Music & Arts


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