Have you ever thought of creating a piece of work in response to a particular museum collection? As part of a year-long project by Arts & Heritage, ten artists have been invited to do just that. They'll be working in different museums across the north of England. Among them is Serena Partridge, who will be working with the textile collections at Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire.
Serena is best known for her exquisitely stitched miniature art works inspired by historical costume and storytelling. Her works are usually presented as museum acquisitions, complete with labels that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. For this particular commission, she's exploring the idea of making work on a larger scale. She'll create unusual interventions in rooms around the Hall that reflect on the work of their founder Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth as a maker, teacher and collector fifty years after her death in 1967. Each will consist of a large collection of small-scale embroideries, illustrating an element of Rachel's life, her character or a quote attributed to her. In keeping with her ethos of wanting to open up learning opportunities and keep traditional textile skills alive, Serena will also be working with a variety of community groups who will stitch additional elements for each of these ‘landscapes’.
The exhibition of Serena's work will be on show at Gawthorpe Hall from August to November. If you have time over the summer, why not go and have a look at it?