Embroidered Arts Exhibition 2021


— Diana Springall , Britain’s best known textile artists and 2022 Hand & Lock Prize Mentor

”The few words below attempt to summarise an exhibition of master craftsmanship – one wrapped in vision, professionalism, generosity and kindness of every kind. The size and breadth of this exhibition of the contemporary art of embroidery for both fashion and for works of fine art, has never been achieved in a single venue before. Since inception of the Hand and Lock Prizes no event has equaled the magnitude of this celebration of embroidery.


Its uniqueness is fundamentally built on a worldwide call for competition submissions with the potential of prestigious prizes and subsequent recognition and promotion both for winners as well as those shortlisted. Displays within the twelve rooms were skillfully designed to sit elegantly and professionally within this somewhat raw and previously derelict commercial storage space. 

The event was compounded by the depth and level of the talks, workshops and guided tours all wrapped in bountiful warmth from every member of staff and volunteers. Leaders at Hand and Lock, on whose vision and energy in support of this level of art and craftsmanship of embroidery, are to be congratulated: Alastair Macleod, Jessica Pile, Sophie Carr and Robert McCaffrey. The whole team enabled an incalculable celebration of embroidery at the highest level of art and craftsmanship.”

''Hands down the best collection I’ve ever seen in one gallery.''

— Kate Tume , Mother Eagle Artist and 2022 Hand & Lock Prize Mentor
— Bryna Black , Royal School of Needlework

”This is to say a big thank you and congratulations for your hospitality last Thursday at the Prize Giving 

and on Friday, for our Talks, Workshops and demonstration sessions. The event was beautifully curated and hung,

and it was a genuine pleasure to walk around the amazing work in a wonderful venue.”

''Congratulations on organising such a fantastic, and for me, unforgettable event. I'm so glad it happened when it did - in the brief window between pandemics!''

— Kate Pankhurst , Winner of Textile Student Category, 2022
— Elizabeth Elvin

”Very well done all of you for a magnificent show at Bargehouse.

Everything looked perfect with all the work you put into it thank you from all of us.

Thank you for giving space to the Broderers for their pop up which went very well.”

''Thank you so much! I still can’t believe it and I’m so proud of myself! Thank you as well for putting on such a lovely exhibition and prize night!''

— Rachel Moore , 2nd place winner of Student Fashion Category
— Eva van den Top

”I have really enjoyed coming to London and it was very special to have my dress exhibited. 

Especially with all the other wonderful work on display.

I have had a great time, thanks again!”

Embroidered Arts Exhibition 2023

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