‘Linen Diaspora’ 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin

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The Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf (BILP) is an artistic and cultural event spotlighting contemporary practices related to flax and linen, both technically and conceptually. It takes place in alternate years at cultural exhibition centres in the Portneuf region. Fleming was appointed as a result of a competitive International call for curator. The Biennale places creation in the center of a collective project to generate real effects in artistic, cultural, social and economic term. For this fourth iteration the organisers determined to adopt a new angle. The thematic approach Fleming submitted was judged innovative in North American applied art curation in that it moved away from qualities in the material itself and she worked with artists to research instead a common legacy closely tied to flax production, passed on by Huguenots exiled from France in the 17th century was presented. The curatorial concept: ‘Linen Diaspora’, developed Fleming’s previous curation of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington in 2007. An edit of that exhibition, which was funded by a Lottery Award, was shown in Kamouraska Museum to coincide with the Bienniale in 2011. Historiographic research produced a complex brief and literature review. The curatorial approach included incubating collaboration in two bodies of work. The curatorial concept did not, therefore limit to work that literally included linen. Negotiating cultural and technical differences in understanding of artisanat and craft also contributed to the field. BILP has an operating budget of around CDN $70000 in the preparation phase and CDN $225,000 in realization. With the BILP organization Fleming co-authored curatorial presentations and texts for grants to British Council and Canadian Arts Council. Fleming was additionally awarded British Council funds (CAN$2500) for a ‘COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS IN THE ARTS’ to undertake research visits in 2010. BILP is a multidisciplinary event that produces bilingual paper promotional tools. It featured 12 works by 14 creators from Canada and Ireland who are recognised for their excellence in their practice of crafts or applied arts. Articles appeared in… [list press 2009 examples- Vie des arts, in Le Sabord, in Espace Sculpture, in Le Soleil, in Le Devoir, the interviews on radio and television] Visitor number were XX [2009 example exceeded 21000 despite a slowing in tourism]
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 25 Jun 2011
Event‘Linen Diaspora’ 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin - La Chevrotière Mill, / Deschambault, Quebec, Canada
Duration: 25 Jun 20112 Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Reference text: http://www.surfacedesign.org/newsblog/bilp-2011-honoring-linen-culture-quebecoise
Event (exhibition): ‘Linen Diaspora’ 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin
Inaugural installation of a cuartion of work in ‘Linen Diaspora’ 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin . LIsburn is linen making city at the heart of the hugenot heritage that was the research basis for the exhibition. Events were planned in collaboration with August Craft MOnth , of which this was an opening event, and with LIsburn Linen MUseum.
RSpace Gallery / LIsburn, NiIreland
28-07-2012 / 31-08-2012
Outputmediatype: Curation of exhibition


  • Curation linen art textiles


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