May 2017 News

Lesley Millar on Radio 4 Woman's Hour April 20th - scary but enjoyable! 

HERE & NOW - contemporary tapestry exhibition

.A selection of the work in the exhibition is currently  at MAC Birmingham from April 1st - June 4th. The whole exhibition will then be shown at The Holburne Museum Bath from June 24th - October 1st.

Pat Taylor - Image E Egg

Pat Taylor - Image E Egg



Symposium September 29th at The Holburne Museum Bath.

  • 10am, registration and refreshments
  • 10.30am – 5pm, symposium
  • £25 / £10 students

To celebrate Tapestry: Here & Now, The Holburne Museum is delighted to host a significant and exciting symposium to coincide with the exhibition.

Bringing together a distinguished panel of international speakers, many of them exhibiting artists, the symposium will explore the relevance of tapestry as a means of conveying the narrative of our times. Providing perspectives from around the globe, speakers will explore how this artform can spark conversations and inspire reflection about our experiences and the world around us.

Speakers will include exhibiting artists Yasuko Fujino (Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan); Valerie Kirk (Professor, Australian National University, Australia); and Pat Taylor (previously Director at West Dean Tapestry Studio, UK). The event will be chaired by Professor Lesley Millar, the curator of Tapestry: Here & Now. For more details, please visit the website:

Digital/Material: developments in printed textiles.

NEW DATE OCTOBER 27th. at UCA Rochester.

Surface pattern has the power to transform objects, materials and environments, layering them with new understanding. Patterned, decorated and ornamented surfaces can add colour, texture and the illusion of depth, and they can carry symbolic meanings that are cultural, political or psychological. Over the last decade the application of printed surface pattern has been revolutionised by advances in technology. Digital printing offers unparalleled scope for innovation, yet it follows a rich historical tradition of printed decoration in fashion, the interior and beyond. Topics covered will include:

  • What is the impact of digital technology in printed in textiles and beyond?
  • What role will be played by new materials?
  • How does history inform contemporary printed pattern making?
  • How can printed textiles reflect diverse global cultures?
  • What is the future of printed pattern?

Credit: Hufton + Crow

Credit: Hufton + Crow

The Matter of Material at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

The conference supporting the exhibition Entangled: the threads of making was held at Turner Contemporary on April 27th. and was attended by over 100 delegates. Professor Catherine Harper gave an inspirational Keynote address (abstract) followed by presentations from Karen Wright, Curator of Entangled: the threads of making (abstract); Freddie Robbins in conversation with Day and Gluckman (abstract); Dr Maxine Bristow (abstract); Dr Beverly Ayling Smith (abstract); Dr Catherine Dormor (abstract), Shelly Goldsmith (abstract).