by Jacqui McAssey
British Textile Biennial 2019
The first British Textile Biennial throws a spotlight on the nation’s creativity, innovation and expression in textiles against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire.
Throughout October 2019 the biennial considers fabric as a means of expression; exploring textiles as a vehicle for protest and cultural identity in installations, performances and art works that take a dynamic look at our relationship with that most basic and ancient of human creations, cloth.
Jacqui McAssey’s ongoing work, GIRLFANS gives female football supporters visibility and a sense of belonging in football culture. Since 2013 she has documented the female fans of Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Celtic and her work has featured in i-D, The Guardian, BBC3 and on Sky Sports.
For British Textile Biennial, Jacqui photographed the supporters of Burnley FC and Burnley FC Women, observing how they express their identity and affiliations through their clothing.
The images in the exhibition were taken at Turf Moor, The Ruby Civil Arena and Brierfield Mill between March and September 2019. In addition to the exhibition a selection of photographs feature in a fanzine (zine) alongside custom football scarves and pin badges bearing the name, ‘The Clarettes’.
The artist would like to thank the supporters of Burnley FC and Burnley FC Women for participating in this work.
Photographs, zine, scarves, pin badges:
‘Our Turf’ digital collage (zine):
www.girlfans.co.uk / @girlfanszine
www.britishtextilebiennial.co.uk / @britishtextilebiennial
The exhibition runs until 19th November