Barber Swindells: Film Screening

Please join us at 6pm this Thursday 28 June in Huddersfield Art Gallery for the third ROTOЯ Film Screening. To accompany their current exhibition, Mining Couture, Barber Swindells have selected the Alec Guinness film, The Man in the White Suit (1951) to screen in the gallery. Admission free, all welcome. To reserve a seat, please contact Catriona McAra (


Barber Swindells: Reading Group

Please join us at 1.30pm this Saturday 23 June in Huddersfield Art Gallery for the third ROTOЯ Reading Group. To accompany their exhibition, Mining Couture, Barber Swindells have selected two essays from their forthcoming Black Dog publication to use as discussion texts, one by Jessica Hemmings (ECA) entitled ‘Inhale/Exhale,’ and one by the 1972 National Coal Queen, Margaret Dominiak.

Admission free, all welcome.

ROTOЯ: Mining Couture

Barber Swindells Banner in situAnnouncing the opening of the third exhibition in the ROTOЯ programme:

Mining Couture 

Barber Swindells

at Huddersfield Art Gallery

16 June – 11 August 2012

Mining Couture explores a relationship between coal mining and fashion; the concept emerged from an art commission at Snibston Discovery Museum in North West Leicestershire. Snibston is Barber Swindells artists' talkbased at an ex-colliery which also houses one of the largest fashion collections outside of London. Mining Couture resulted in a series of mini-projects and interventions that are founded on site-conditional and artist-in-residence contexts; weaving human narratives, places and activities into the content and production of the work. The exhibition features the design of work-wear within Barber Swindells artists' talkthe everyday and considers how work-wear designs manifest themselves within broader community settings. Working across art and craft disciplines Barber Swindells have no restrictions on media, where the relationship between site, community, production and interpretation is often conflated into one composite form. Clothes, fashion designs, artist’s drawings, paintings, inflatable Barber Swindells artists' talksculptures, video and photography explore this latency as a simultaneous interface between artist and audience.

Mining Couture will be accompanied by a series of events:


  • Artist’s Talk: 6pm Thursday 21 June
  • Reading Group: 1.30pm Saturday 23 June
  • Film Screening: 6pm Thursday 28 June

More details to follow.