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This commission focuses is all about working collaboratively on creating a large scale textile piece, drawing inspiration by Rochdale’s textile heritage. Young Creators aged 11-19 will lead this project. The textile piece will not only be a piece of art but also a way to divide up a space in the TDR space, where we can have different activities and workshops, including those for schools. Our artist Ibukun will participate in a ‘sharing day’ led by young people involved in the redevelopment, sharing insights gained into the artwork’s development. The Young Curators’ sharing day is intended for peers, friends, and family.

About the Artist

Ibukun Baldwin is a multidisciplinary artist and social practitioner specialising in print, illustration and embroidery. Her work has grown out of an awareness of the neglected needs of marginalised communities and the potential role that innovative, contemporary, hand-crafted design can play.

Ibukun is also founder of fashion brand Bukky Baldwin Ltd which focuses on the importance of community and providing employment opportunities for marginalised groups. Past commissions include a British Textile Biennial, National Festival of Making and Manchester International Festival, acommunity art residencies at The Whitworth in Manchester and Ty Pawb in Wrexham.

Ibukun is now the Textile Artist for Touchstones Rochdale’s ‘The Dining Room’ project, opening in 2025.

See Ibukun’s previous work below.