Past Exhibitions

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30th October 2019 until 3rd January 2020

Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Weaving Water – Woven Lands exhibition website

Farfield Mill website

Groups: North of England (UK) and Scotland (UK)

Weaving Water – Woven Lands

As artists we are often inspired by place and the incredible landscape that surrounds us. Beautiful rolling hills, dramatic seascapes, the textures and colours of where we come from gives endless inspiration to artists who weave. Surrounded by water, with over 6000 miles of coastline, Scotland has more than 790 islands and over 30,000 lochs and lochans and almost 500 Munroes and Corbetts. How could we not be inspired by what is around us!

For opening times and directions visit: https://www.farfieldmill.org/visit/

Read a Review of Weaving Water, Woven Lands

7th May 2019 until 11th May 2019

Jubilee Library, Brighton, England

Group: South East

A Riot Of Small Woven Tapestries

The South East British Tapestry Group showing their small woven pieces at Jubilee Library in Brighton. A weaver was present to demonstrate the art of weaving.

Mike Ran interviews Sarah McLean in this video for Latest Brighton on 15 May 2019: A Riot of Small Woven Tapestries exhibition pops up at Jubilee Library, Brighton.

22nd November 2018 until 24th February 2019

The Stables Gallery, London, England

Rhythm of the Weave exhibition website

Group: National

Rhythm of the Weave

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

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.

11th August 2018 until 31st March 2019

Sound and Weave exhibition website

Group: National

Sound and Weave

Contemporary Woven Art Inspired by Sound

An innovative exhibition which introduces the concept of sound, extending the horizons of this woven form and embracing a multi-disciplinary approach. Tapestry is longer the two-dimensional historical document of myth and expression of wealth, but a strong visual medium highlighting the interplay between colour, light, texture and sound.

March 2019
UWTSD Swansea College of Art
Swansea, Wales

November 2018 to February 2019
The Stables Gallery
London, England

August – September 2018
Gracefield Arts Centre
Dumfries, Scotland

21st June 2018 until 27th June 2018

Hepsibah Gallery, London, England

Group: London

Wow! Warp Over Weft

An Exhibition of woven tapestries by BTG London members, together with works by the late textile master Tadek Beutlich (1922-2011) and current work by renowned tapestry weaver and teacher, William Jefferies.

21st April 2018 until 28th April 2018

UPSTAIR@ J & G INNES, St Andrews, Scotland

Scottish Voices

Reflecting BTG's national theme this year of Sound and Weave, the theme ‘Scottish Voices’ is open to a wide interpretation by each individual artist around their own weaving practice and artistic ‘voice’.

4th April 2018 until 21st April 2018

Haslemere Museum, Haslemere, England

Group: South East

Inner Sounds

An exhibition of contemporary Woven Tapestry Art

The theme of the exhibition explores types of listening in a world saturated with sounds and images, with the intention of raising awareness whether as viewer, listener or tapestry weaver.

26th August 2017 until 9th December 2017

Group: Scotland

Borders

An exhibition of 60 tapestries from 28 members of Scotland’s BTG.

December 2017
Unlimited Studios
Glasgow, Scotland

August – September 2017
Northlight Gallery
Sromness, Scotland

2nd August 2016 until 31st August 2016

Dunblane Museum, Scotland

Each Day has a Colour exhibition website

Group: Scotland

Each Day has a Colour

An exhibition of tapestries by Scottish members at Dunblane Museum

9th June 2016 until 19th June 2016

Hepsibah Gallery, London, England

The Real Weave exhibition website

Group: London

"The Real Weave"

The art of woven tapestry

This was an exhibition of exciting contemporary tapestries by London-based members of the British Tapestry Group, aiming to show what tapestry really is and what it can convey. It was held at Hepsibah Gallery in Hammersmith.

23rd March 2016 until 24th May 2016

Symbiosis exhibition website

Group: South East

Symbiosis

In the year that Hastings is commemorating the 950 year anniversary of the Battle of Hastings with the Root 1066 International Festival of contemporary arts, it is appropriate that the British Tapestry Group brings woven tapestry to the town that is so closely connected with the embroidery called ‘The Bayeux Tapestry’.

Each weaver shows their personal interpretation in their tapestry weaving, resulting in a diverse and inventive collection of work, some taking the natural world as inspiration, others focus on the way that ideas interact in warp and weft.

April – May 2016
Hastings Arts Forum
St Leonards on Sea, England

March – April 2016
Mill House
Angmering, England

25th July 2015 until 18th October 2015

Verdant Works, Dundee, Scotland

The Golden Fibre exhibition website

The Golden Fibre

BTG Scotland Group’s exhibition inspired by jute

An exhibition of small format tapestries, woven by Scottish Members held at The Verdant Works, Dundee,25th July to 8th October 2015. Many of the tapestries have links to the city, incorporating jute, reflecting the history of the Verdant Works.

19th June 2015 until 24th June 2015

Hepsibah Gallery, London, England

Group: London

This is woven tapestry!

The exhibition aims to show what tapestry is and what it can encompass. Often mistaken for needlepoint, hand woven tapestry is the art of using weft-faced weaving to express a range of images, emotions and ideas in material form. Whatever you thought tapestry was, prepare to be surprised and amazed.

8th October 2014 until 23rd November 2014

Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace and Harrogate, England

Woven Art exhibition website

Group: National

Woven Art ’14

To promote tapestry weaving to a wider audience.
Educate about techniques and the wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes that are possible.

Read an illustrated report below.

Full details

The contemporary woven tapestries shown in the Woven Art ’14 Catalogue were on display at the following venues: Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace London from 8-12 October 2014 and Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate International Centre from 20 – 23 November.

The aims of the exhibition are to promote tapestry weaving to a wider audience and provide education about techniques and the wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes that are possible.

The exhibition was open to all BTG members, and 98 entries were received from 46 members, a remarkably high response. Selection of the work to be shown was undertaken by our Curator, Hillu Liebelt – a renowned weaver in her own right. Commenting on the selection, Hillu stated:
It has been a difficult task to select among such a good and varied choice, knowing that the space we shall have in the stands is rather limited. I have tried to gather together a selection of different techniques, materials, styles and sizes and have managed to find a space for 44 pieces (of 98) by 33 (of 46) weavers. It has been both enjoyable and a privilege, as well as a huge responsibility, to select and arrange the work for this exhibition. Today woven tapestries are rightly regarded as a part of the fine art world, and this exhibition will serve to reinforce this“.
Hillu Liebelt

The BTG and the exhibition Team are enormously grateful to Hillu for all the work she has done, her guidance and willingness to share her experience.

The following photographs of the BTG gallery at Alexandra Palace are copyright of Hilary O’Connell:

Woven Art 14

 

Woven Art 14

 

Woven Art 14 - 3

 

BTG members Jackie Bennett and Roger Dickinson demonstrating

BTG members Jackie Bennett and Roger Dickinson demonstrating

 

Woven Art 14

 

Woven Art 14 - 6

 

For more detailed pictures of individual pieces, see the Woven Art ’14 online catalogue.

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24th May 2014 until 13th July 2014

Nuneaton Art Gallery and Museum, Nuneaton, England

From Edge to Edge

Tapestry is an ancient art form, with a long and distinguished history and a thriving contemporary life. The aim of this exhibition is to celebrate the unique narrative that tapestry provides, ‘telling’ the region’s stories by means of texture, colour and woven thread.

26th April 2014 until 14th December 2014

Howgill Gallery
Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, England

Scott Gallery
Hawick Museum, Hawick, Scotland

Metamorphosis

Tapestries by Scottish Regional Group members on the theme of ‘metamorphosis’. 65 tapestries from 27 weavers, inspired by the ideas of transition and change. Topics ranged from the shifting of the tides, changes in nature and optical illusion.

18th April 2014 until 27th April 2014

Mill House Gallery, Angmering, England

Weather/Whether

Some 35 tapestries from around 30 artists on the thought provoking theme of Weather / Whether. The work ranged from the big and bold to the small and meticulous. A wide range of atmospheric interpretations and concepts.

6th September 2013 until 30th November 2013

York Quilt Museum, York, England

Group: National

A Sensitive Art

Juried works of between 15 - 30cm wide and 100 - 175cm long alongside CD case sized weavings in the open section and a selection of ’touching pieces’.

12th January 2013 until 23rd February 2013

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland

Group: National

Tapestry Mischief

Historic influences and contemporary mischief.  Members of the British Tapestry Group explore the medium of tapestry taking historical tapestries as the starting point, showing new work, some fragments of historic tapestries and accompanying interpretive material. Taking any aspect of the original such as an image, pattern or use of colour, the weavers have created highly individual contemporary interpretations using sometimes radical methods, fibres and colours, challenging the conventional form and surface of tapestry and its historical role as a narrative medium.

5th August 2011 until 23rd October 2011

The Stables Gallery, London, England

Group: National

Woven Threads

Woven Threads was part of a series of British Tapestry Group international exhibitions: a juried exhibition showing a wide range of contemporary woven tapestry. The exhibition was open to full BTG members, including overseas members.

12th September 2009 until 8th November 2009

Stirling Castle and Smith Gallery Stirling, Scotland

Group: National

Weaving Within

55 small format tapestries, woven by members of the British Tapestry Group. 

7th June 2008 until 28th September 2008

UK wide

Group: National

Tapestry 08 Halifax

Bankfield Museum
Halifax, England

Dean Clough Gallery
Halifax, England

Tapestry 08 was developed by BTG, and funded by the Arts Council, to be a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary work by British tapestry weavers.

Tapestry 08 was much more than an exhibition. Demonstration days, seminars and a National Conference were held to encourage dialogue between practitioners.

Read a report below:

Full details

Tapestry 08 was developed by BTG, and funded by the Arts Council, to be a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary work by British tapestry weavers. This was long overdue, as the last overview of British tapestry weaving, The British Tapestry Trienniale 2, was in 1998 at the Harley Gallery at Wellbeck.

Tapestry 08 was much more than an exhibition. The tapestry weavers developing activities for Tapestry 08 were concerned that perceptions of the medium were tied to connotations of the historical. Outreach work with schools and young people, with students and the general public needed incorporating into the event to raise awareness of contemporary tapestry weaving. Demonstration days, seminars and a National Conference were held to encourage dialogue between practitioners. 

Review:

Tapestry 08 was developed by BTG, and funded by the Arts Council, to be a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary work by British tapestry weavers. Tapestry 08 was much more than an exhibition. Demonstration days, seminars and a National Conference were held to encourage dialogue between practitioners.

The Exhibition:

The range of scale, from the miniature, as in Joyce Coulton’s ‘sketchbook’ pieces, to the monumental ‘Arizona Quartet’ by Shirley Ross, was exciting and, whilst some pieces were extremely bold in colour and composition, such as Fiona Rutherford’s ‘Up and Up’ or Kirsten Glasbrook’s ‘Soul Birds’, others are infinitely subtle. A piece by Soon Yul Kang, ‘Meditation’ slowly reveals its subtleties rewarding close scrutiny and time to enter into its atmospheric and inner world. Other pieces similarly reward close attention, the iridescent, twilight visions of Elin Huws and the shimmering, shifting landscapes in Beryl Hammill’s ‘Weaving the Country; Pilbara’.

Together these works exemplify the potential and diversity of tapestry weaving, from the hugely complex sculptural cell structures of Margaret Crowther’s ‘Fandango’ to the restrained geometry of ‘Thin Ice’ by Hillu Liebelt or the subtly vicious piece by Alastair Duncan, seductive at a distance, deeply disturbing at close quarters (incorporating barbed wire – see below). The work is accessible for both those who have never seen tapestries to those familiar with or immersed in the process of creating them.

The qualities of colour and surface in tapestries attract – warp and weft impose structure which harmonises compositional elements, be they representational, illusionistic or abstract in content. Viga Slater’s ‘Broadband’ pieces play upon indigo, cerise and viridian, painstakingly evoking painterly strokes and mottled stripes. Jilly Edwards’ fascinating double sided, tiny compositions on a continuous roll record her responses to changing seasons, use colour and light which mutate from the soft greens and pale yellows through to near monochrome and midnight hues spiked by tiny lines and spots of pinks and vermilions. These pieces are quiet but intense distillations of visual experience. It is the commitment and time embedded in these works which make a sustained visit so worthwhile. At the Bankfield Museum the second part of the exhibition presented an equally varied range of pieces including the representationally complex ‘My September 11’ by Christopher Sanders, referencing twenty first century technology and institutions, mass media and advertising, all painstakingly woven – a rich contradiction in every way, pushing the medium to express the transient and banal. This very large piece is in stark contrast to the beautifully subtle, near abstract ‘October Landscape’ by Joan Baxter with its hazy undulating bands of colour suggestive of windblown moorland and watery horizons.

This was flanked by other sensitive atmospheric pieces, Ros Bryant’s ‘Furthest Ebb’ and Sallie Tyszko’s ‘Island of 3 Stones’ both evoke beach and early morning light in very different ways, the latter incorporating fragments of driftwood which hold a warp woven with mica and monofilament suggesting floating jetsam and reflections.

Tapestry 08 considered how we present tapestry and what informs the making process, both conceptually and practically, to create new, stimulating work for the 21st century. Several works challenged the surface and form of conventional tapestry and question tapestry as ‘woven painting’. Non-traditional materials are incorporated and relief structures are created, moving some pieces towards the sculptural.

Other works articulate concepts and ideas, focusing on subject material that references contemporary culture whilst remaining true to the historical role of tapestry as a narrative medium. The exhibition signalled how tapestry weaving may develop.

Several pieces showed that traditional notions of narrative sequence can be disrupted, re-ordered and re-considered and the conventional role of tapestry as a direct woven interpretation of an image can be challenged.

Tapestry 08 Exhibition Review
Sonja Andrew, Lecturer in Textiles, University of Manchester
Ann Seabourne, painter

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1st July 2006 until 15th July 2006

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England

Group: National

Tapestry Today

The inaugural exhibition for the British Tapestry Group, showing the work of 31 invited tapestry weavers from all over Britain and representing a wide cross-section of work being produced today. The tapestries have a diverse subject matter and the scale varies from small jewel-like weavings to large dramatic pieces. Uniting the artists is their overwhelming fascination and excitement with the weaving process and the use of yarns.

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