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Newcastle art space The NewBridge Project will be celebrating the launch of The Reading Room and the release of the book Stitched Up – The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by Tansy E. Hoskins with a series of events from 16th-20th September.

The Reading Room is a new collaborative project where people can read, learn, listen, and share ideas via linking up with other spaces across the country. The libraries are stocked with thought-provoking books, are set up as hubs for reading groups and places to meet authors. The aim is for these resources and activities to spark creativity, collaboration and conversation. 

In partnership with The NewBridge Project’s Reading Rooms (and others across the country) publishing house Pluto Press and The Left Book Club will be seeking to uncover the roots of extractivism (extracting natural resources from the Earth to sell on the world market) in the fashion industry and to celebrate the organisations shaping alternatives and building a different future.

There will be a series of talks, workshops and drop-ins, online and in person, to highlight the importance of embedding climate justice into the way we think about fashion. 

Friday 16 September (6pm – 8pm) kicks off with YARN: a discussion with Laura Harrington, Michael Crang and Dawn Bothwell, exploring Laura’ work, textile supply chains and the far-reaching impacts of water pollution by industrial textiles processes

On Saturday 17 September (12pm – 5pm) The Wardrobe Open House will be taking place. The event is a day long drop in to see what the clothing resources for trans, non-binary and genderqueer people have been up to. Then from 1-3pm disrupt the corruption with Claire Ogah will be showcasing the artist’s practice, jewellery, fabric and digital art.

On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, (12pm – 5pm) you can Make your own rope soled shoes with Scout and Rae. and on Sunday between 1pm – 2.30pm  there will be an online Collective Reading Group with The Wardrobe, exploring Hoskins’ chapter on The Body Politic.

The online discussions continue on Tuesday 20 September, (6pm – 8pm) entitled What Does Sustainable Fashion Really Look Like? 

All events are free and open to all. You can book your place via The NewBridge Project website.

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