19 January: 1. BTG Demos at Stables Gallery, 2. Voluntary Arts: Free Seminar | London | Wed 30 Jan 2019, 3. Selvedge

1. BTG Demos at Stables Gallery

In conjunction with the exhibitions Sound and Weave and Rhythm of the Weave, BTG is demonstrating tapestry weaving at The Stables Gallery on the dates (shown below). If anyone in London or close by would like to participate, especially the last weekend which is as yet vacant (Sat/Sun 23rd/24th Feb), please contact Stephanie Edwards at : stephanie51.edwards@ntlworld.com

Stephanie writes:

Dear All,

Following confirmation from Caroline Jenkinson at Richmond Borough Council I can confirm the following arrangements re dates and people to carry out the tapestry weaving demonstrations at the Stables Gallery for the rest of January and February.

We still have a couple of slight gaps which I understand you may be sorting out between yourselves but the following is the most up-to-date information I have. Please feel free to let me know of any corrections/ alterations.

Sunday 20th January – 11 am ’til 4 pm – Aruna Reddy and Margaret Appa
(London regional group of BTG)

Sunday 27th January – 11 am ’til 4 pm – Stephanie Edwards and Margaret Appa
(London BTG)

Sunday 3rd February – time as above – Stephanie Edwards and Jackie Bennett
(London and SE BTG)

Sunday 10th February – time as above – Margaret Appa and Maggie Kately?
(London and SE BTG)

Saturday 16th February – time as above – Carolyn Perry and Suzanne Osborn

We have not set up anyone for the last weekend (23rd/24th) but if someone wishes to do so let me/Charlotte Gleeson at the gallery know this.

Caroline Jenkinson has advised us that they will not be able to get much publicity out for this weekend to promote the same but if you can all use your social networks to let the wider world know of the same that would be useful – every little helps! I will be trying to spread the word via e-news et al too. Just ask everyone to ‘share’.

Please remember that it will be necessary to bring your own packed lunch and maybe a flask of hot drink although I have mentioned the ‘Riverside café’ is available a few minutes’ walk away. As the forecast is for it to be cold this weekend I would also advise you dress warmly – a general recommendation anyway as the gallery is not heated consistently and is a stone floor etc.

Charlotte Gleeson is arranging for table and chairs to be available so it is just a case of bringing a small tapestry frame, bobbins etc, yarns and maybe a small sample that people can pick up and handle as a talking point about techniques etc. If you can think of anything else that may be useful feel free to include but be advised that you will be carrying everything with you and walking a 15 min distance from either the tube or bus stop to get to the gallery. (nb perhaps a small cushion to sit on/help with keeping warm?)

If anyone has any questions feel free to ring me on 07983 951998 – hopefully I’ll be able to answer them. Alternatively ring Orleans House Gallery on 020 8831 6000 and ask for Charlotte Gleeson re volunteer arrangements etc only.

Finally I would like to give a big ‘thank you’ everyone who is helping out with these arrangements; I do hope that you enjoy the day(s) you come. As always it is about sharing our ‘passion’ for tapestry that makes it all worthwhile.

Happy Weaving,

Stephanie Edwards,
On behalf of the BTG

2. Voluntary Arts: Free Seminar | London | Wed 30 Jan 2019

A free seminar in London looking at ways in which creative activities can help to bridge socio-economic divides and build trust and social cohesion. We know this is an area many of you are interested in and already do much good work in, so this event is an opportunity to share and learn from each other as well as our guest speakers (including Fun Palaces and Battersea Arts Centre). The event takes place from 10am – 4pm, Wednesday 30 January at Deptford Lounge, London SE8 4RJ. An invitation is attached and you can find more details and book a free place at bit.ly/bridgingcourse. Places are limited and are already nearly full so do book soon if you’d like to join us. …

More info and book at: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/Event/bridging-course

3. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 3


This February, The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) presents CTRL /Shift: New Directions in Textile Art…

Read the story at: https://selvedge.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=e0e3ee0264&e=b4676973e5

Read the whole newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-176789?e=b4676973e5


14 January: Stop Press! – Extended Deadline for Cordis Groupwork Tapestry now is Friday 18th January (Edinburgh)

Hi folks,

This came in yesterday with a deadline of today. I wrote back to Becca Pollard asking if they could extend the deadline, which she has done. Still tight but some weavers in Scotland might be able to make it.

Cordis Groupwork Tapestry now is Friday 18th January

Becca writes on (13/01/19):

Dear artist,

to accompany the upcoming Cordis Prize exhibition at Inverleith House we are very excited to embark upon an exciting new group tapestry project. We are looking for volunteers from Edinburgh and the surrounding areas to get involved with the production of the biggest community tapestry ever made in Edinburgh, under the expert supervision of Jo McDonald. Artists need some experience of weaving, although support will be given throughout, and need to be able to attend the group sessions in Edinburgh, see attached documents fir dates. I have attached full details here, please read them thoroughly, and if you would like to participate please fill in the attached contract and send it to jo@thetapestryprize.org by 14 January.
Cordis Groupwork-Final (landscape)
… and on (14/01/19):

My apologies Eleonora, the document should have had an ammended deadline of this Friday. Still tight I know, we’re just trying to fill the last few gaps now. I’ve attached the documents here as PDFs and would be most grateful if you could share them with the group.

Best wishes

Contact Jo McDonald at: jo@thetapestryprize.org

NOTE: There is a typo in the web address of the “(map with information on access a” within the contract. I will update that doc when I get a replacement.

Cordis Groupwork recruitment with image
Cordis Groupwork contract


13 January: 1. AGM Minutes, 2. Maker in Focus, 3. Workshop, 4. Tapestry Group, 5. Cordis Symposium, 6. NCCD, 7. ATA, 8. HCA, 9. Selvedge

1. AGM Minutes

The 2018 AGM Draft Minutes are posted on the website in the members’ area at: BTG AGM 24.11.18 draft minutes 4

2. Exhibition: Maker in Focus

Alastair Duncan

Mission Gallery
Gloucester Place,
Maritime Quarter
9th – 30th March 2019
Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 5pm
Admission Free

AD Exhibition: Maker In Focus

3. Workshop
Sound and Weave Weekend Workshop at Mission Gallery, Swansea.

Mission Gallery
Gloucester Place,
Maritime Quarter

Date: 16 – 17 March 2019

More details at: Mission tapestry workshop

4. Informal Tapestry Group in Cornwall

Elizabeth Russell would like to meet up / start a tapestry group in Cornwall. Anyone interested, please contact her (see email below). Elizabeth writes:

Dear Eleonora,

I hope you can help me with this, if you can’t can you please let me know who can help me within the BTG.

I have recently become a member of the BTG and I am looking to meet other tapestry weavers in Cornwall with a view to setting up an informal group of tapestry weavers. Can you please let me know how I can I go about putting this info on the BTG website?

Many thanks and kind regards,

Elizabeth Russell

Contact email: elizabethrtapestry@gmail.com

5. Cordis Symposium

The Thread Runs Both Ways; the Heritage and Future of Tapestry Art

The Cordis Trust presents a symposium bringing together an international panel of speakers to discuss and debate contemporary tapestry.

Saturday 16 March 2019
RBGE Lecture Theatre
20a Inverleith Row

Our speakers are:

• Nicolas Oddy. Head of Design History & Theory, Glasgow School of Art will introduce and chair the discussion by our confirmed speakers

• Susan Mowatt. Senior Lecturer, Intermedia, University of Edinburgh

• Prof. Lesley Millar MBE. Director of the International Textile Research Centre and Professor of Textile Culture at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

• Prof.Jessica Hemmings. Professor of Crafts & Vice-Prefekt of Research. HDK, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

• Kate Grenyer. Exhibitions Curator, Dovecot and Lisa Mason, Assistant Curator NMS.

Full details at: http://thetapestryprize.org/cordis-symposium/

6. NCCD – Celebration of Textiles

You are invited!

Join us for the opening of three textile exhibitions this February: Ctrl/Shift: New Directions in Textile Art, Jilly Edwards: Glimpses and Memories and One Year In: Lucy Grainge & Majeda Clarke. The opening weekend will also feature a number of activities and events inspired by the artform.

Fri 1 Feb – Sun 3 Feb

Read all the info at: http://nccd.org.uk/events/celebration-of-textiles

7. ATA News

Patricia Dunn is one of 51 artists invited to participate in Siempre Fuimos Contemporáneos / We Were Always Contemporaries. This collective exhibit is part of the XIII Bienal Femsa, Nunca Fuimos Contemporáneos / We Were Never Contemporaries. Patricia created “requiem por un arbusto”/ “requiem for a bush” for one of the many Bienal activities leading up to the grand opening. Her “studio” was part of a series of intimate exhibits,”Estudios,” that focused on the process of creativity.

October 27, 2018 – February 17, 2019
January 17, 2019 Artist talk: “Siempre Somos Contemporáneos” / “We Are Always Contemporaries” Salon Huiricuti, Museo Zacatecano.

Antiguo Templo San Agustín,
Plaza de San Agustín
Miguel Auza S/N
Zacatecas, Zacatecas 98000


Jo Morasco is participating in the exhibit NE9: The Fruit and The Seed. Her piece illustrates the degradation of our marine environment. Hurricanes, dying reefs, decimated marine life, and sea level rise are major concerns, but pollution, oil spills, over fishing, and reef destruction are of great importance as well. Fish are innocent bystanders, unlike humanity, which is both innocent and guilty.

December 13, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Opening reception: December 13, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 pm

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, New Providence


8. HCA News

Heritage Crafts Association Annual Conference
Saturday 9 March 2019, 10am to 4.45pm
Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London

Find out more at: https://mailchi.mp/eb10efb37032/making-is-good-for-you-2939717?e=938a60a527

9. Selvedge News

Read Newsletter no. 02 at: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?e=b4676973e5&u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=578d50b609

Read Newsletter no. 01 at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-176765?e=b4676973e5

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