Alice Kettle - Thread Bearing Witness

Alice Kettle, ‘Sea’, Thread Bearing Witness

Between 4 October - 3 November 2019, immerse yourself in artist Alice Kettle's new series of monumental textiles exploring the refugee experience across land, sea and sky.

Part of the British Textile Biennial, this exhibition is presented in partnership with the National Trust and Super Slow Way. You can visit the exhibition between 12-4.30pm, Wednesday-Sunday until 3 November. Don't forget to check our What's on page to find out what else is happening at Gawthorpe Hall.

Detail from Alice Kettle's Sea

‘Thread Bearing Witness is shown alongside Gawthorpe Textile Collection's ‘Strand of Place and Time’ exhibition which focuses on how embroideries, weaving and tapestries can be used to illustrate contemporary events and how they can endure as material chronicles, much like the Barberini Tapestries and the Bayeux Tapestry.

Alice Kettle's 'Ground'

Presented against the backdrop of the Great Barn, Alice Kettle's new tapestries explore cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement. They also engage with migrants and their creativity within the wider context of the global refugee crisis.

Alice Kettle's 'Sky'

SEA, GROUND and SKY, the three works that form the immersive installation of TBW, embrace both the personal testimonies of the refugees Kettle has met and textiles’ role, from the domestic to the spectacular, to encourage understanding in a chronicle of shared making. Alice worked with individual women and children refugees and asylum seekers, asking them to contribute to and inform these large artworks through the common language of stitch.

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Strands of Place and Time 

Running from 11 July - 3 November 2019, this fascinating new exhibition explores and shares new perspectives on cultural heritage and migration in response to world textiles in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.