Hand to Hand: Honouring North Devon’s Glove Workers

This innovative art exhibition, talks and workshops acknowledged and valued North Devon’s rich but neglected glove making heritage; once world renowned but now in danger of being forgotten with local factories closed.

Strong ceramic forms exploring dramatic new ways of expression combined leather-like surface qualities, colours from local earth pigments and stitch-like mark-making; inspired by machinery and equipment of the period.

A Glovers’ Stories Film Screening was also held at White Moose gallery, Barnstaple.

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Glove workers at Sudbury’s Glove Factory, Appledore, circa 1950

Val Morris, Chairwoman of Great Torrington Heritage Museum gave a talk about the fascinating history of gloves, their making and the local industry and Sue Rossiter ran two Memory Box Art Workshops at the Sandy Brown Museum, Appledore  (a former glove factory) to encourage participants to reconnect with craft skills and to share memories.

Supported by:


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The Elmgrant Trust

The Old Glove Factory Development Ltd 

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White Moose