Since 2015, Threads have consistently delivered open critiques, where artists are invited to present their own work in progress within a peer group. Threads activity has grown out of the ethos developed through this open crit platform. The crits are open to all artists and are not restricted by mediums or formats. In addition, those who do not have work to present are also invited to come and take part in conversations surrounding the creation of contemporary art.
In 2016 Threads’ Directors travelled to Romania to join a cohort of participants from Romania, England, Spain, Sweden and France and achieved a European Certificate in Community Enterprise. Additionally Threads were awarded their first Arts Council grant for SMIIF, an exhibition, screening and panel discussion taking place in Folkestone.
In 2017 Threads was recognised by A-N for the Artist-led Hot 100 organisations in UK. Also in 2017 Threads worked collaboratively with Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver a city-wide community project alongside the delivery of the BA Professional Practise module. This project’s legacy has resulted in the formation of a new collective which has since curated at the Turner Contemporary. Threads were invited to curate the programme of the Strangelove Time-Based Arts 2017 Festival, which has seen further editions in Dunkirk in 2018 and London, Margate, Brighton and Folkestone in 2019.
In 2018 Threads delivered their second Arts Council funded project: a nine-month programme of micro-residencies. Artists were selected to take part in residencies and salons across Kent.
2019/2020 will see Threads residency project evolving nationally and internationally.... Stay tuned!