The Subversive Stitch Revisited

In November, the V&A in London will be hosting a two day conference dedicated to Roszika Parker’s landmark book The Subversive Stitch.


The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth (29-30/11) will explore the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.

The Subversive Stitch

The first afternoon of the event will reflect on the art and feminist debates of the 1970s and 80s from which the exhibitions emerged. It will conclude with a keynote presentation by Professor Griselda Pollock, whose collaborative work with Parker during that period produced key feminist art texts. The second day explores the politics of cloth now, focusing on current activity by both women and men that addresses ethical, social and global issues, and on cloth as a subversive strategy.

Proposals for contributions (250 words maximum) should be accompanied by a short biography (around 100 words) and may include up to 2 weblinks, if relevant. Please email to by Monday 9 September, with the word PROPOSAL in the subject heading.

Keynote Speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds.

Book tickets for the event here. 


Whitworth Art Gallery and Goldsmiths, University of London


Victoria and Albert Museum
Sackler Centre for Arts Education
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL


29.11.13 – 30.11.13

More details about the conference can be found at


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