8th Jul 2017 -
10th Sep 2017




Embroidery, felt making, quilting and fabric printing have gone on show at Towneley Hall as part of a new exhibition launched by the Natural Progression Textile Group.

The contemporary textile art exhibition Libertas explores ideas of freedom and features handmade jewellery, patchwork paintings, quilts, handbags and colourful home accessories.

To put this exhibition together, artists in the Natural Progression Textile Group have used a range of techniques including fabric painting and printing, mixed media, hand and machine embroidery, felt making, quilting and more.

The team of artists behind the exhibition include Sue Chisnall-Sumner, Pat Bean, Nicky Robertson, Suzanne Snape, Karen Hurrell, Anne Leyland, Eileen Norris, Tracey Ramsay and Caroline Percy.

Their aim is to promote diversity in textile art and to challenge themselves to produce work that is inspirational, progressive and exciting.

Textile artist Anne said: “Living in Goosnargh, near Preston, much of my inspiration comes from the landscape and countryside around me.

“I enjoy both hand and machine embroidery and involve many techniques to emphasise different textures, as well as using a wide variety of colour in my work.

“In this exhibition, I have chosen to represent the struggle of women seeking equal rights during the last century.”

Nicky, sharing where her inspiration came from, said: “Freedom, for me, is the freedom to roam; to not be repressed, to ply and enjoy the randomness of life.

“Some of my pieces are worked from views seen when in microlight flights. The earth below is rich in colours, shapes and textures we never see from the ground. The cockpit is open so it is as close as one get to flying like a bird. That must be the ultimate freedom.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 10th September.


sculpture stares out of window

Towneley Hall is now open to the public.

During our period of closure staff have been busy working on essential maintenance to the hall, ensuring its place in Burnley’s history for another 600 years. Currently this means the Great Hall is closed whilst we undertake surveys and repairs to the Grade I listed ceiling.

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