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Chain Reaction is a group of artists drawn from across Suffok. We work in contemporary textiles in a range of media. The group exhibits together regularly and meets to provide support, inspiration and critical appraisal for each others' work. We believe that if we can continue to surprise and delight one another then it must be possible to do the same for the public.

Chain Reaction was originally formed as the Suffolk branch of the Eastern Region Textile forum in 2010, but has since moved on to become an independent exhiiting group. Currently there are 9 members with various interests including weaving, felt-making, quilting, shibori dyeing, and hand and machine embroidery.

The group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month between 10am and 1pm at The Village Hall, Thornham St. Martin IP31 1 SW. Some mornings are deciated to member-led workshops or other group activities. Approaching the annual exhibition there is always some kind of 'admin' to do but all meetings are informal and sociable.

The group has exhibited in various venues in the past but we nowhave an annual, week-long exhition at The Pond Gallery, Snaple Maltings every September.

As well as exhibiting our own work we dedicate some space to displaying our experiments and samples and we have a shop area where members sell their own goods. We also sell Inspiration Packs which are put together by the group to raise funds for running costs of the group.

Interested in Joining?

Anyone wishing to join the group should apply by emailing photographs of their work and an outline of their experience to Hilary Belchak:

If there is a vacancy and members feel that the work will compliment that of the current group then you will be invited to visit during one of our meetings to meet the members and present your work in person. This is a fairly informal process, more of a chat than an interview. A final decision will be made after your have left the meeting and you will be notified within a few days.

If there is no current vacancy then you are still welcome to apply and you can have your application held on file until a space arises.


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