BTG NEWS & EVENTS

  • December 6th, 2019

    Jill Davies Flow (c) Ken Lonseth

    Jill Davies Flow (c) Ken Lonseth

    7–23 May, 2020 Arkwright Mills, Cromford, DE4 3RQ
    3–30 October, 2020 Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, TS10 5NW

    Tapestries showcasing the landscapes, industry and social history of Northern England

    This stunning exhibition mixes regular and 3D tapestries, large and small, mounted and unmounted, purely woven and mixed-media, but all on one theme: our northern heritage.

    The exhibition is curated and managed by northern members of the British Tapestry Group. Visitors will enjoy a range of works, from small try-outs by recent beginners all the way through to magnificent pieces by top-class commissioned artists. Entry is free, and includes have-a-go weaving sessions for adults and children, spinning demonstrations, and films of tapestry weaving. Weaving materials will be available to buy.

    There are related talks for all levels of interest, and workshops for more experienced weavers. These events are ticketed:

    Talks
    • 6th May, Michael Crompton – Exhibition Preview and Talk: ‘Woven Tapestries, Woven Stories’
    • 20th May, Ruth Bell – Talk: ‘Tapestry Weaving on Jewish Themes’
    • 23rd May, Alastair Duncan – Talk: ‘Developing New Ideas in Tapestry’
    Workshops
    • 17th May, Tan Draig OBE – drop-in tapestry weaving workshops: ‘Derwent Delights’
    • 23rd May, Alastair Duncan – Workshop: ‘Weaving Sound’
    • 23rd May, Jane Walkley – Workshop: ‘3D Mixed-Media Weaving’
    See details below.

    Wednesday 6th May, 6pm.
    Talk by Michael Crompton
    WOVEN TAPESTRIES, WOVEN STORIES

    Michael Crompton grew up in the smoke and steam of industrial Lancashire. Though his grandmother warned him off a career in the mills, he was fascinated by them, and they became his playground. Discovering the Arts and Crafts tradition as he left school, he was drawn into other ways of weaving, and is now one of Britain’s best known tapestry artists. This is his story.

    Sunday 17th May, 10am – 4pm
    Drop-in tapestry weaving workshops with Tan Draig OBE
    DERWENT DELIGHTS

    Drop in and help the artist Tan Draig OBE make mini-tapestries which will become part of book covers in a project celebrating the uniqueness of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. This free workshop is enabled by Fleet Arts and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

    Wednesday 20th May, 6pm.
    Talk by Ruth Bell
    TAPESTRY WEAVING ON JEWISH THEMES

    In this illustrated talk, Ruth Bell describes her working methods and her tapestries. These include Biblical images and themes as illuminated by kabbalistic thought. Weaving samples will be available for handling.

    Saturday 23rd May, 9.30am – 3.00pm
    Workshop, led by Alastair Duncan
    Weaving Sound

    Weaving and sound have a shared vocabulary: we speak of colour, texture, pattern, shape, form, rhythm… The starting point for this workshop is a ‘sound walk’ around the locality, listening to and recording the ambient sound. Back in the gallery, we will use the recordings as a starting point for the selection of materials and the design of a simple woven tapestry.
    There is no requirement to complete a piece of weaving during this workshop, but there will be a charge if participants want to keep equipment and materials; alternatively they can bring their own warped looms.

    Saturday 23rd May, 2.30 – 5pm.
    Workshop, led by Jane Walkley
    3-D MIXED-MEDIA WEAVING

    Using three-dimensional hand-cast Jesmonite (an eco-friendly, acrylic polymer), participants will create colourful linear structures on a tapestry frame. These small tapestries, once cut from the loom, come into their own as they are manipulated into circles and spirals, allowing their tactility to be fully appreciated. The finished works take on a sculptural quality that melds traditional techniques with new material technology.

    Saturday 23rd May, 6pm.
    Talk by Alastair Duncan
    DEVELOPING NEW IDEAS IN TAPESTRY

    Looking into the future is one of the most exciting challenges for an artist. In this illustrated talk, the prominent weaver Alastair Duncan first looks backwards to see how his work has evolved, then forwards to new developments in tapestry – particularly the integration of sound and the possibilities of sensory interactivity.

    For more information contact: Sally Reckert sally@reckert.com
    www.fabricofthenorth.org

  • November 23rd, 2019

    Woven Waves - The Battle of Jutland
    Scottish Maritime Museum
    Linthouse Building
    Harbour Rd
    Irvine
    KA12 8BT

    Saturday 14th Dec 2019 – Sunday 29th March 2020
    Open daily 10am – 5pm

    https://www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org/exhibitions/coming-soon-woven-waves-the-jutland-tapestries/

  • November 18th, 2019


     

    Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance
    Marit Paasche
    Thames & Hudson, 2019
    288 pages
    ISBN 9780500094099
    Hannah Ryggen : Threads of Defiance
    hardcover
    Review by Sally Reckert (sally@reckert.com)
    October 2019

    Read the review at: Review-Hannah Ryggen – Threads of Defiance

  • November 2nd, 2019

    weaving water-woven land

    BTG Scottish Group tapestry weavers

    Meet the Artists: 3 November 1 – 4pm

    Farfield Mill

    Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

    30 October 2019 to 3 January 2020

    https://www.farfieldmill.org/visit/

  • October 4th, 2019

    BTG at The Knitting & Stitching Show - London 2019

    Come see the London Group of BTG Tapestry Weavers in action – have a go yourselves.

    Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 October 2019

    Alexandra Palace
    Alexandra Palace Way
    Wood Green, London
    N22 7AY

    Directions: https://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/travel-venue-information/

  • September 22nd, 2019

    Frances Crowe ‘Turmoil’ 150x125cm, cotton warp and wool weft. Photo © Shmueli Bell


    The third biennial exhibition of contemporary tapestries from around the world

    So many tapestry artists are drawn to the landscape as their source of inspiration. The flow of water runs through many of the works. Blue-greens, inky indigos and turquoises of waves, rivers, pools and splashes appear and reappear.

    Review by Ruth Bell whose tapestry ‘Unifying Force: the Power of Giving’ can also be seen at the Heallreaf show.

    Read the review at: Heallreaf3 – review by Ruth Bell

  • August 3rd, 2019

    Members from the BTG are demonstrating tapestry weaving at the Vyne, a National Trust house in Hampshire.
    The tapestries from the house’s tapestry room are being conserved which has provided an opportunity for us to exhibit contemporary tapestries and explain the nature of tapestry weaving with a display of historical text panels, illustrative tapestry samples and showing visitors the techniques involved. The display continues to the end of the August.
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  • July 18th, 2019

    An exhibition by the Scottish Fungi Dyers and friends
    August 26th-September 8th 2019
    The Tolbooth, 4 High Street, Lanark ML117EX
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  • June 16th, 2019

    OLD WOMAN CRAZY TO WEAVE!
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  • June 16th, 2019

    Intertidal – a celebration of our coastline
    An exhibition of woven tapestry and ceramics by Jane Riley at Saltburn Studios

    29th June – 21st July
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