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The HAT Project 2006/07 is supporting 20 exchange fellowships between England, South Asia and Australia

Tabitha Moses

Residency at Beaconhouse National University


I am an artist who explores objects and clothing as carriers of identity, memory and loss, responding to and revealing the histories of people, spaces and places.

I create artefacts from material which bears the weight of memory and the marks of time. Considering the psychic and physical impressions left by previous owners, I re-configure the stained, worn, torn and mended cloth.

The objects I make are tokens of remembrance, souvenirs and relics. Exquisitely hand-stitched, from a distance they appear delicate and seductive, but up close they may induce repulsion. This is achieved through the use of materials such as human hair and stained fabric.  The audience is visually seduced and then forced to question the very notion of beauty. It has also been said that in using such materials tenderly I negate their repulsive qualities.

True histories and authentic objects are combined with a sense of theatre and artifice in order to seduce, still or discomfit the spectator.

I have exhibited in museums, country houses and gardens as well as conventional gallery spaces, and enjoy engaging a mixed (art and non-art) audience.



Selected Exhibitions

2006 St. Nicholas Artists’ Residencies. Independents Biennial, Liverpool

2006 Near Distance. Arena Gallery, Independents Biennial, Liverpool

2006 Scholar. National touring exhibition

2006 Art of the Stitch. National touring exhibition

2005 Young British Art. The Castle of Art, Cieszyn, Poland

2005 Expo Live Art Festival. Nottingham

2005 Emerge. Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

2005 Triangle International Artists. Nijera Kori, Bangladesh

2004 Bolwick Arts 2. Bolwick Hall, Norfolk

2004 The Dolls, Old Silk Frock and Hairpurse. Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

2004 Why Didn’t You Tell Me? Arena Gallery, Liverpool

2003 Arena. Arena Gallery, Liverpool

2002 Echo. Holden Gallery, Manchester



2006 Arts Council England

2005 Drawing Quarters Symposium Bursary

2003 Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship

2001 AHRB Postgraduate Study Award



2006 St. Nicholas Artist’s Residency. St. Nicholas’ Church, Liverpool

2005 Triangle International Artists’ Workshop. Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh

2004 Bolwick Arts 2. Bolwick Hall, Norfolk

2004 More Than 12 Residency. Bolton Museum and Art Gallery



2005 BAC Fine Art. Liverpool Hope University

2005 Workshop facilitator, ‘Image & Identity’. Manchester Art Gallery

2005 Embroidery teacher for Fine Cell Work. Liverpool Prison

2004-5 MA International Student Support. Manchester Metropolitan University

2004 BA (Hons) Embroidery. Manchester Metropolitan University

2002-3 BA (Hons) Fine Art. Exeter School of Arts & Humanities, University of Plymouth



2002 MA Textiles. Manchester Metropolitan University

1997 HNC Clothing and Fashion. Leeds College of Art and Design

1993 BA (Hons) Multi-Media Textiles. Loughborough College of Art and Design

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Tabitha Moses talks to conference during cHAT week at Sanskriti, Delhi, India. March 2007