Alice Kettle is a highly regarded contemporary artist whose practice is focused upon stich. Her ambitious art works challenge assumptions about the textile medium, bringing together the intimacy and detail of stich with large-scale colour fields, while intuitively exploiting the effects of mechanical processes.
A major commission for Lloyd's Registar, A Map for the Future was installed in the Global Technology Centre at Southampton University in September 2015. Alice's Golden Dawn (2014) was purchased by Shipley Art Gallery, from Contemporary Applied Arts at COLLECT.
Alice recently showed a new commissioned installation in Unravelling Uppark, (3 May - 2 November 2014) continuing an ongoing collaborative practice with Helen Felcey. The City and House of Eloi is based upon The Dolls House at Uppark House, and draws upon The Time Machine and War of the Worlds by HG Wells who spent time at Uppark as a boy, where his mother was a housekeeper.
She exhibited The Garden of England, a commission of three major new works for The Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich as the inaugural project of the Royal Museums Greenwich contemporary arts programme. As Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University she has curated Pairings a touring exhibition of collaborative practice, which is currently showing at Contemporary Applied Arts in London. The International Pairings conference took place at Manchester Metropolitan University in May 2012.
Collaboration Through Craft (Berg Publishers, ISBN: 9780857853912), a major new publication co-edited by Alice Kettle drawing upon her critical research practice at Manchester Art School, is now available from Bloomsbury publishing. Collaboration Through Art offers a challenging new argument for the collaborative power of craft. This is a ground-breaking volume which analyses the philosophies, politics and practicalities of collaborative craft work. www.bloomsbury.com
Her work is held in major collections in the UK and abroad including the Crafts Council, London, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and the Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate, Oggi, Turin, Italy. Commissions for architectural spaces include the National Library of Australia, the Scottish High Court, Edinburgh, Gloucester Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, the School of Music and Drama at Manchester University and Winchester Discovery Centre.
Alice is Professor in Textiles in MIRIAD Research Centre, Manchester School of Art at Manchester University. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for For Real World Learning at the University of Winchester.