HERE & NOW > contemporary tapestry

'Here & Now' is the first major curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years. Showcasing the breadth of international talent and most innovative approaches to the medium, the show challenges the notion of tapestry as a dying craft and marks a point in time for the artform. The exhibition opens at The National Centre for Craft and Design from 1 Oct – 15 Jan 2017. It will then tour to the Holburne Museum in Bath 24 Jun – 1 Oct 2017 with other venues tbc.

HERE & NOW - visitor update: over 291,000 (June 2017)! - exhibition now at The Holburne Museum to 1st October 2017.

Here & Now demonstrates the commitment to contemporary tapestry internationally and features 21 artists from Australia, Canada, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA alongside British tapestry weavers. Each of the exhibition pieces has been carefully selected for its individual merit and ability to mark a point in time in the artist’s career, in textiles and in the modern world. All the work in the exhibition has not been previously shown in England and over half the artists have made new work for the exhibition.

The artists demonstrate the ways in which the narrative heritage of the medium can be used to engage with personal, aesthetic, and political issues of current concern. For example the Selfies of Erin M. Riley, Saori Sakai's dynamics of urban living, the political realities of Barbara Heller, the rural longings of Joan Baxter or the lyrical narrative of Rolands Krutovs. The works are energetic, witty, poetic and beautiful, and emphasise that the art of tapestry weaving is contemporary and relevant across the world.

The catalogue has now SOLD OUT after the fourth reprint!


Joan Baxter (UK)
Working with the Scottish Highland landscape and mythology

Sara Brennan (UK)
Working with the Scottish landscape and in particular a forest outside Edinburgh

Jilly Edwards (UK)
Working with the English landscape and has created a special 52 week woven diary for the exhibition.

Yasuko Fujino (Japan) 
Working with nature, in particular the garden.

Barbara Heller (Canada)
Work reflects current affairs, in this case the terrible effects of landmines.

Fiona Hutchison (UK)
Work based on her experience of the sea

Aino Kajaniemi (Finland)
Mythological and magical figures.

Valerie Kirk (Australia)
Work based in the Australian landscape and fossilised traces

Ieva Krumina (Latvia)
Creates her own mythologies

Rolands Krutovs (Latvia)
Poetic response to loving and letting go

Ai Ito (Japan)
A commentary on her travels through Baltic cities

Ayako Matsumura (Japan)
A response to pressures on women and their body image

Caron Penney (UK)
A forthright response to the financial crash and reprcussions

Erin M. Riley (USA)
Using the Selfie to highlight the immediacy and indescretions of the internet

Fiona Rutherford (UK)
Vibrant abstract work as a response to current events

Kristin Sæterdal (Norway)
Using fantasy imagery to create stories

Philip Sanderson (UK)
Using waste materials to challenge assumptions about tapestry

Saori Sakai (Japan)
Manga imagery, high energy city life

Tonje Høydahl Sørli (Norway)
Works with recognisable cartoon figures and images to comment on contemporary life

Pat Taylor (UK)
Working with ideas about the visible and invisible using the faces of the famous and those who surround us and are unnoticed

Misao Watanabe (Japan)
Huge and beautiful nature-scapes in deep resonant colour, where all is not as it seems.


Images: Electric Egg courtesy of NCCD