Janet Rawlins: Life in the Dales

13 September - 01 November 2019

With Sonia Moran and Rosa Hackett

Janet Rawlins (b. 1931) grew up in Horsforth, Leeds, and studied for a National Diploma in Design (NDD) and Accredited Teaching Diploma (ATD) at Leeds College of Art (now Leeds Arts University) from 1947-1952. 

Rawlins trained as an illustrator and also carried out commissions for large scale machine embroidered fabric collages. She exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy in the 1950s and 60s. Rawlins draws her inspiration from the Yorkshire Dales where she lives and is best known for her landscapes in fabric collage and watercolour.

As part of this exhibition, we have invited two recent graduates, Sonia Moran (Leeds Arts University, 2018) and Rosa Hackett (Glasgow School of Art, 2019), to respond to Rawlins through their soft sculptural practices. 

This exhibition has been curated by Rachael Hickson Pearce, Alumni Relations and Development Officer, and Caroline Pratt, Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Textile Design.

This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday at our Vernon Street Gallery.

Opening night: Thursday 12 September 5-7pm
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Closing event: Friday 1 November 12.30pm–1.30pm
Join us for an exploration of the themes explored in the exhibition with responding artists Sonia Moran (Leeds Arts University, 2018), Rosa Hackett (Glasgow School of Art, 2019) and curator Rachael Hickson Pearce.

Image: Janet Rawlins, Bain Valley, Twilight, Yorkshire Dales, 2015, Fabric Collage.

  • 13 September - 01 November 2019
  • Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Leeds, LS2 8PH (Get Directions)