Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings &  Mike Barrett

River Runs Through

13 March - 15 March 2018




River Runs Through is an innovative glass and textile installation that tells the story of a personal journey from North Sudan to the UK and back again. The work is a collaboration between Sudanese textile artist Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings and British glass installation artist Mike Barrett. The artworks are constructed from fused, laminated and hot rolled glass forms capturing inside them organic and glass fibre textiles richly printed with oxides, dyes and clay to share vivid memories of life in Khartoum by the River Nile.



River Runs Through references and reflects Omeima’s cultural identity, and her childhood affiliations with the River Nile, it explores layers of identity and the sensation of disconnect, together with the revelations artists experience as they explore such histories.



The installation will be exhibited as part of Fabrica’s Making Space programme, 13–15 March 2018.


Open to the public: Wednesday 14 March, 2:30pm - 5:30pm and Thursday 15 March 1pm5pm

Meet artists Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings and Mike Barrett in the exhibition. 


Thursday 15 March 6:30pm - 8:30pm - In Conversation


The talk will begin at 7pm and last approximately 1 hour.


Artists Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings and Mike Barrett discuss River Runs Through with curator Georgia Ward, Head of Festival Site Design at Southbank Centre, London and Liz Whitehead, Director of Fabrica. There will be an opportunity to view the work from 6.30pm and after the talk. The event is free and open to all but booking is recommended.


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