Strands of Place and Time

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Running from 11 July - 3 November 2019, Strands of Place and Time is a new exhibition exploring and sharing new perspectives on cultural heritage and migration in response to world textiles in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.

Explore a fascinating exhibition bringing together new textile, film and ceramic work by Manchester School of Art’s Alice Kettle, Jane McKeating, Elnaz Yazdani, Nigel Hurlstone and Poppy Cartwright, with a textile installation by Omaid, a local group of refugees and asylum seekers newly-arrived in the north-west from around the world. Don't miss your chance to meet some of the artists throughout September and October - view our what's on page for details.

A diverse mix of textiles from Africa, India, China, Persia, Greece, Switzerland and France inspired the artists and makers. See the work they have created in response to these textiles displayed throughout Gawthorpe Hall, which is the ancestral home of the textile collection's founder Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

'Strands of Place and Time' has been made possible with Arts Council England National Lottery Project Funding and the exhibition workshops are supported by Padiham Townscape Heritage with Heritage Lottery Funding.

Exhibiting artists
Alice Kettle artwork at Gawthorpe Hall

Alice Kettle 

Alice Kettle has created an embroidered Janina screen in collaboration with Asmaa, Nahome Bukasa and Susan Kamara, three refugee women she met and worked with as part of Thread Bearing Witness. They were inspired by the Janina cloth in the collection embroidered by refugee women in Greece in 1900. Their screen is on display in the Long Gallery. Kettle will also be presenting her work in another must-see exhibition in Gawthorpe Hall's Great Barn, Thread Bearing Witness, between 3 October - 3 November 2019.

Jane McKeating's artwork at Gawthorpe Hall

Jane McKeating

Jane McKeating’s collection of printed and embroidered handkerchiefs creates a new narrative around souvenir handkerchiefs in the collection purchased by Rachel and her sister Catherine on holiday in Switzerland, layered with Jane revisiting her own connection with the Swiss textile industry in St Gallen. Jane’s work is on display in the textile gallery.

Elnaz Yazdani's artwork at Gawthorpe Hall

Elnaz Yazdani

Elnaz Yazdani’s collection of contemporary neckpieces explores her Persian cultural heritage in response to the 18th century Persian goldwork bodice panel in the collection and is on display in the textile gallery.

Nigel Hurlstone's film work at Gawthorpe Hall

Nigel Hurlstone

On display in the textile gallery, Nigel Hurlstone’s film creates a narrative in response to World War One souvenir postcards in the collection.

Poppy Cartwright's artwork at Gawthorpe Hall

Poppy Cartwright

Bringing together embroidery and ceramics, Poppy Cartwright's hand-built and hand-decorated ceramic vessel is inspired by voyages and tales depicted in Chinese embroideries and ceramics. Her vessel is on display in the Long Gallery.

Omaid's artwork at Gawthorpe Hall


In response to African, Indian and European passementerie in the collection, Omaid have created a dramatic textile installation embellished with colourful pom-poms and tassels, yarn-bombing the Hall’s 19th century Gothic Revival staircase designed by Sir Charles Barry and A.W.N. Pugin.

" Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth wanted to keep traditional textile skills alive and used the textile collection she created at Gawthorpe Hall “to show people how”. We are delighted that her unique collection continues to inspire textile skills and creativity in this, its 60th anniversary year. "
- Jenny Waterson, Learning Curator at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
A view of the Strands of Place and Time exhibition

Meet the artists

Join us on selected Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm to talk to the artists and find out more about their work in the exhibition - Jane McKeating (31 August), Poppy Cartwright (7 September), Nigel Hurlstone (28 September) and Alice Kettle (5 October).