26 August: 1. S&W at Gracefield Arts Centre, 2. Exhibition: Island to Island, 3. HCA, 4. ATA, 5. Selvedge

1. Sound and Weave at Gracefield Arts Centre

Alastair Duncan writes:

While at the opening of the exhibition I was cheeky enough to record the event on my phone and thought afterwards that it might be useful as a record of the event for the BTG archives. As I had already taken photos of the works (just on my phone again) in advance of the opening, it seemed like a good opportunity to extend the video and provide those who couldn’t get there to see something of the exhibition.

I took the liberty of using existing sound files from my own recordings and those provided for the exhibition, to create a soundscape as a backdrop to the images and I hope this is acceptable – it seemed more sensible to me to do this than to add music, though I guess I could have used the finale from Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 as illustrated in Margaret’s piece.

If it is at all possible for you to view the real work at any of the venues, I highly recommend doing so. The video, as is always the case, does not do it justice and I look forward to seeing it again in Twickenham and Swansea.

Alastair Duncan.

Sound and Weave at Gracefield Arts Centre:

Sound and Weave Exhibition (no speeches):

2. Exhibition: Island to Island

Island to Island
Woven Tapestry, Paper and Stone
by Louise Martin and Ros Bryant
Northlight Gallery, Graham Place, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3BY.
Private view: 7th September – 6 to 8 pm
8th – 20th September 2018
10.30am – 5.30pm (2pm on the 20th)
Workshops linked to the exhibition
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Island to Island poster

3. Heritage Crafts Association News


Open Studio in Argyll (one of our very own)
In other news from Scotland, Louise Oppenheimer welcomes visitors to her studio in Argyll where she steeps herself in wool, weft and warp: “The tactile delight of pulling weft through warp, creating designs which emerge slowly and absorb my mind absolutely, brings a sense of fulfilment and joy I couldn’t live without.” Artmap Argyll Open Studios: 24th to 27th August, and 1st to 2nd September 2018.

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HCA Awards Applications – Open soon!
Do you know a great crafts trainer? Do you know someone who has put huge amounts of their free time into making a real difference to their craft? Now’s the time to think about nominating them for one of the HCA Awards. Awards on offer include Trainer of the Year, Maker of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Made in Britain and, new last year, the Endangered Crafts Award. Each award is worth £1,000. Plus there’s also a training bursary in heritage crafts worth up to £2,500 which is offered with the support of The Arts Society. Applications for the 2018-19 awards open on 1st September.

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4. ATA News


Nóra Tápai won the People’s Choice Award for World Tapestry Now. She says this about her tapestry:

“With my project, I present 3 phases of our Earth’s existence: the Big Bang that created our world, the dénouement, in which I present the devastation of humanity, apocalypse, and whatever is in between: our world full of labyrinths, a place of constant wars, gunfire, which is itself amidst dynamic, periodic change, and which repeats itself over the course of history. Hope, failure, struggle, love, hate, birth, devastation ceaselessly taking one another’s place. The deep blue backdrop expresses not only the colour of space, but also the endless, and the timeless. The composition also symbolises the shape of the earth as a round whole, and the elements on the two sides reflect the fact that this round whole can be broken, and disrupted anytime. The three forms symbolise the parts of a process.”

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Entry deadline: October 15, 2018

ATA invites all tapestry artists to submit works to Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge. Artists are encouraged to explore the conceptual, technical and metaphorical implications of the theme as they design their submissions. We invite entries not only from artists who work within more traditional definitions of tapestry, but also those artists whose work expands upon the core principles of the medium as it explores new techniques and processes.

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Online Entry:

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Black Gold. (NB: this is NOT tapestry, but still might be of interest to some)
Working on the same project for nine years must take a great deal of patience, but Sandra Sawatzky is showing no sign of fatigue. She is the artist behind the incredible Black Gold Tapestry; a sixty-seven-metre-long…

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8 August: 1. Sound and Weave – three days to go!, 2. ATA News

1. Sound and Weave – three days to go!

Forgotten the details? Look here: Sound and Weave at Gracefield Art Centre – opens Saturday 11 August 2018

2. ATA News

Warp and Weft: an international exhibition of Rebecca Mezoff’s students’ work. This exhibit showcases contributors from 20 states, the United Kingdom, Canada, and India.

July 16 – August 24, 2018
Opening reception: August 14, 6:00 pm

Webster Arts Center
483 E. Lockwood
St. Louis, MO 63119
United States

For more information contact: Jeane Vogel at


2 August: 1. Pittenweem Arts Festival, 2. ATW NEWS: JULY

1. Pittenweem Arts Festival

BTG member Emma Jo Webster is taking part in Pittenweem Art Festival venue 73 which is in ‘mid shore’ opening Friday 3rd evening til Sunday 12th August 10- 5 and would be delighted to see other tapestry weavers!


Emma Jo Webster is a professional tapestry weaver based in Glasgow who is known for colourful abstract weavings and also for specialising in hand woven portraiture, working mainly to commission. She currently weaves for The Dovecot Edinburgh. This will be her first showing at Pittenweem Arts Festival.

Pittenweem Arts Festival
47 High Street Pittenweem Fife KY10 2PG
01333 313 109



Designer & Weaver: Justin Hill and Karlie Hawking

Thursday 23 August 2018 | 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

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