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This year we are holding our biggest exhibition to date at the Bargehouse Oxo Tower. Originally constructed as a power station, the historic four-storey bargehouse with its iconic OXO tower is now a much loved iconic London landmark. Taking place from 3 – 7 November, The Embroidered Arts exhibition showcases the most exciting cutting edge, contemporary and historic embroidered arts from around the world. From military uniforms to protest banners, interior design and couture fashion, embroidery permeates every aspect of our culture. Discover the story of the skilled embroiderers whose expertise brings beauty and precision to the material world.
Embroidered Arts features three floors of embroidery by the best emerging designers alongside works by artisan makers and contemporary artists such as from Yinka Ilori, Karen Nicol, Alice Kettle, Nelly Agassi and Richard McVetis. The ground-breaking exhibition will also highlight the work of London’s oldest embroidery atelier, alongside designers such as Burberry and many more from Hand & Lock’s extensive archive.
The exhibition reveals the fascinating history of an historic embroidery house and shows how traditional embroidery is still practiced in the 21st century.
Celebrate the finest embroidery, immerse yourself in exciting talks by world renowned makers and join engaging workshops taught by the finest embroidery artists. For five days this November, discover the passion and talent that goes into making the very best embroidery. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world’s greatest embroidery.
The exhibition is accompanied by a curated schedule of talks, events and workshops based around the preservation of contemporary embroidered arts and craftsmanship. Over the course of the exhibition attendees will have the opportunity to book onto taster sessions, day long workshops and hear how embroidery practitioners are adapting to an increasingly technological and mechanised world. Exhibits include embroidered apparel and textile art from the 2020 and 2021 Prize finalists and winners.
The full schedule of events, classes and talks along with the names of guest speakers is available at handembroideryshop.com.
Exhibition times: The event is open from Wednesday 3rd Nov – Sunday 7th November, 11am-6pm daily (Thurs closed from 5pm)
Accessibility: Bargehouse is partially accessible. The venue has two disabled toilets and a STANNAH stair-lift which provides access for wheelchair users to the first and second floors only. The stair-lift is for standard manual wheelchairs and cannot be used with motorised chairs or scooters.
By Bus: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 501, 521, X68 to Waterloo Bridge. 45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge 381 to Stamford Street
By Train: Waterloo, Waterloo East, Blackfriars and Charing Cross
By Car: Car parks at Doon Street and Cornwall Road (Special Sundays and Bank Holiday day rate £5.30)
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