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Caren is thrilled that ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ has been acquired by the Jewish Museum London and will form part of its permanent collection, (23 July 2019)


‘Scream of Consciousness’, a new work created for The 62 Group of Textile Artists’ exhibition Construct, has been selected, and will be on display at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in West Yorkshire from 20 July until 15 September


Caren is delighted that ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ has been selected for the inaugural ‘Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award’ exhibition which will take place at The Festival of Quilts and The Knitting and Stitching Shows (see Exhibitions :LINK for details)


‘Media Meddles’ is on display in The Women’s Library @LSE in London until 8 September 2020 :LINK

To view the work visitors’ passes can be obtained from the reception of The London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2


Caren’s submission to Envision Arts online gallery ‘Threaded’ resulted in three of her artworks, ‘Life Line’, ‘Do My Bones Look Big In This’ and ‘Room for Improvement’, being selected for this international online exhibition. Over 100 entries were received from seventeen countries which included France, Norway, The Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Canada and the USA. Caren is delighted to have been awarded ‘Best In Show’ for ‘Life Line’.

LINK: Envision Arts - Threaded

A new interview with the artist by Envision Arts magazine can be viewed here:

LINK: What’s Going On Upstairs


'Room For Improvement' was selected for The 62 Group of Textile Artists' touring exhibition Ctrl/Shift in 2018. After a successful showing at MAC Birmingham, and at the National Centre for Craft & Design in Lincolnshire, the final stage of its tour will take place at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire from 14 December 2019 until 29 February 2020. Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control (towards or away from it); the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies.

LINK: The 62 Group - Artist’s Page


Last year Caren was selected to hand stitch a block for the UDHR Quilt Project, a collaborative craftivism project with over 130 international artists. The project was designed to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and raise awareness of the ways it is being violated around the world today. This project will also raise funds & awareness for UNHCR through the sale of a forthcoming book about the project. Four quilts have been created from individual blocks featuring the entirety of each Article of the UDHR. The completed works are now on display at the Museum of Australian Democracy, in Canberra, Australia, and the exhibition has been extended until early 2020.

LINK: UDHR Quilt Project


A fascinating interview about Caren’s installation art has been published by TextileArtist.org and it can be read via the link.

LINK: Caren Garfen: From Conception to Creation