Collective in Edinburgh will be presenting a new exhibition by London-based artist Christian Newby in its City Dome space, when it reopens on 13th May. The new commission, a large tapestry, Flower-Necklace-Cargo-Net, will be Christian’s response to the building, which was originally built to house an astronomical telescope. Combining Christian’s freehand organic forms with industrial carpet tufting, it is an exploration of how labour, authorship and materiality define the fine and applied arts, and how textile works are positioned between art and craft.
Unusually, a newspaper accompanies the work: Ornaments and Crimes offers a context for the tapestry, featuring a new essay by writer Andrew Bourne alongside drawings, writing and scores by Christian describing his practice in depth. Based in London, Christian graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2000; he has been internationally-exhibited and selected for residencies here and Europe and overseas.