Tuesday 24 January 2017

Here and Now - National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford

Red Scenery - Misao Watanabe - Japan

Recently I took a trip to the National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) in Sleaford (which, btw, is in Lincolnshire) to see Here and Now, an international exhibition of contemporary tapestry.  There were some amazing pieces.  Here's a whistlestop tour round some of my favourites.

Fabulous landscapes...

Deep Forest with Old Green Band - Sara Brennan - UK
Hallaig 2 - Joan Baxter - UK

Great variety... 

Diary of 52 - Using every last thread of time - Jilly Edwards - UK

Unusual construction...

Let's Pretend (detail) - Saori Sakai - Japan
Tide (detail) - Fiona Hutchison - UK

Fantastic rich colours and texture...

A Visitor from the Future (whole piece + details)- Ieva Krumina - Latvia

Sci-fi in tapestry...
New Territory - Kristin Saeterdal - Norway

Here and Now has finished at the NCCD but some of the tapestries will be in Birmingham later this year and all are going to Bath in the summer.  Check out the touring programme here.

NCCD, Sleaford

The NCCD is definitely worth a visit, if you're in the area, and it's not too far off the A1.  It has more than one exhibition space so there's usually plenty to see.  (Click here for what's on at the moment.)  It's free to go round, has a lovely shop selling contemporary crafts and cards plus a fab cafe.  There is plenty of car parking nearby.  I was in a bit of a rush so I didn't have time to look round Sleaford itself but I will be going back so, next time.... 

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