Sound and Weave 2018
9th – 30th March

UWTSD Swansea College of Art
Dynevor Building, De la Beche Street,
Swansea, SA1 3EU.
British Tapestry Group “Sound and Weave”
main exhibition.
Opening Times: Mon – Fri 9 – 5.00pm
Saturday – 9 – 4pm
Volcano Theatre
27 – 29 High Street,
Swansea, SA1 1LG.
British Tapestry Group “Sound and Weave”
Louise Martin installation, “Whispered Words”
Opening Times: Mon – Fri 10 – 5.30pm
NB The gallery space is closed on Saturdays but the large shop window allows a good view of this installation.

LouiseMartin-Whispered Words (through the window)
There is also Alastair Duncan’s exhibition “Maker in Focus” on at the same time.

Details at: exhibition Maker in Focus

See the attached PDF for a map showing all three locations: Sound and Weave Route Map lo res

The British Tapestry Group exists to promote woven tapestry as a contemporary art form in the UK, by raising public awareness through professional exhibitions, networking, regional initiatives, training and development.

EXHIBITION: Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave

The Stables Gallery
Orleans House Gallery,
Riverside, Twickenham, TW13DJ
22nd November to 24th February 2019
Free admission
Directions: https://www.orleanshousegallery.org/visit/getting-here/

The British Tapestry Group (BTG) aims to promote the art of contemporary woven tapestry
and to encourage more people to get involved in tapestry weaving. It also acts as a virtual
and real network for its members, enabling them to share their art, their passion and their
experience with one another.

Sound and Weave, a curated selective exhibition, alongside Rhythm of the Weave, open to all our membership, showing a wide diversity of creativity and talent.

Sound and WeaveAt this time of renewed interest in woven tapestry the BTG Sound and Weave exhibition explores and expands the boundaries and language of traditional tapestry weaving, creating the opportunity for the artists to move their work on from traditional methods towards new ways of making and expressing their ideas. Taking one of tapestry’s key strengths as a visual medium – the interplay between colour, light and texture – the artists bring in non-visual elements to create new works to stimulate and delight multiple senses.
The range of response is imaginative and diverse: exploring human voice in international conflict; intergenerational and internalised dialogues; sound distortion through ageing disability, distance or misperception; visual representations of music, sonic visualisers and parallels between old pianola rolls and the act of weaving; how the experience of the natural world, whether woodland or seaside, can evoke music; and how nervous diseases such as epilepsy impact on sounds in the brain.

Rhythm of the Weave
The Rhythm of the Weave exhibition explores each weaver’s interpretation of the theme. The nature of tapestry weaving is built on the rhythm we develop as we are weaving away. Our fingers work on one section while our minds work at the challenge of the next part. Each piece conforms to a specific size limit to enable the creation of a cohesive flow within the installation. A theme or a thread which runs through and links each piece.

‘Challenged to recognize rhythms and create your own unique voice within the act of weaving a tapestry’

This is an exhibition open to all our membership to celebrate tapestry weaving.


Alastair Duncan, one of the artists exhibiting, 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.
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