Printed Whispers, 2019

Printed Whispers is a textile and spatial intervention by designer Yemi Awosile taking place on the ground floor of the Margate Education Centre and on Hawley Square. Printed Whispers will be unveiled and visible from 27 September 2019 to early January 2020.

A former Open School East Associate (2013-14), Yemi Awosile’s work is informed by cultural insights expressed primarily through textiles and printed matter. The broader scope of her practice bridges design and visual arts through social interventions. The designer’s projects are often shaped by research developed and collected during workshops with a range of participants, largely new to the field of textile design, with whom she works over a sustained period of time. For this commission, Yemi Awosile is working with local groups and organisations including United Mothers, Garden Gate Project, Broadstairs Town Shed, Quarterdeck, Roma in the Lead, Kent Adult Education and the Despacito Art School working under the umbrella of Open School East.

Over a period of three months, the designer is leading a series of fifteen printmaking workshops where the different groups and organisations collaborate by proxy. For instance, Yemi Awosile has commissioned mark-making designs to the children of Despacito and the older people of Broadstairs Town Shed to turn these into woodblocks. Meanwhile, the users of Garden Gate Project are developing plant-based dyes to be used by all groups. Printed Whispers makes use of local chalk as well as of reconditioned objects sourced from the local neighbourhood to test, re-design and co-design communal spaces and viewpoints in and around Hawley Square.

Printed Whispers is an Open School East commission part of Margate NOW festival, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances. This year, in response to Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary the programme runs from 28 September 2019 – 12 January 2020. It has been developed by Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival, Open School East, 1927, Resort, Crate, Limbo, Dreamland Margate, Kent County Council and Kent Libraries, Thanet District Council and locally based artists. It is supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery funding, as well as contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate. Turner Prize 2019 is organised in collaboration with Tate.

Yemi Awosile is an artist living and working in London. Recent projects include collaborations with the De La Warr Pavilion, Tent Rotterdam, Tate Gallery, Contemporary And (C&) magazine, Design Museum, ICA, Crafts Council, and British Council. She trained as a textile designer at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art. She has taught textile design for a number of years at Loughborough University in the School of the Arts and worked as an artist educator museums and art organisations.