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Textilefest: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection 2014 Opening Event
Join us for the re-opening of the textile galleries at Gawthorpe Hall for the 2014 season and get a taste for how the collection is inspiring today’s textile makers and their craft with the following free activities:
In the Textile Galleries:
~ new artwork commissions from contemporary textile artists Angela Davies and Bella May Leonard and hear them talk about their experience working with the Collection: 1.00 and 2.00 Angela Davies; 1.30 and 2.30 Bella May Leonard (talks last 10 minutes).
~ textile artist Karen Casper's Violet contemporary headpiece, in our new acquistions display.
~ contemporary fashion design from Zareen Waheed inspired by Gawthorpe (pictured), and vintage dressmaker Deborah Ashworth’s commemorative Poppy Dress.
~ Miss Rachel's Craft House Patterns: knit and crochet projects created by leading designer-makers Debbie Bliss, Kate Davies, Jane Ellison, Claire Montgomerie and Emma Varnam with the collection items that inspired them. Patterns for sale via the
In the Library:
~ Get crafty and sew a Suffolk Puff fabric brooch with local stitch expert Rabia Sharif, in our drop-in taster workshop. For adults and children aged 10+. (Drop-in activity, allow 30 minutes).
The textile collection activities are free* and booking is not required.
* Please note: Gawthorpe Hall entry charges apply: £4 adults, concessions £3, accompanied children free, National Trust members free.
Gawthorpe Hall is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan country house. Due to the historic nature of the building there is no wheelchair access. There are some external and internal stairs.
There is free parking for visitors, approximately 150 yards from the Hall, with mobilty access closer to the Hall.
When & Where
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is an independent charity based at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire. Originally called the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections, the charity was created after the death of our founder, Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886- 1967) to care for the collection of textiles she had amassed and to make it accessible through learning programmes and curated collection displays in the Hall itself.
We work in partnership with Lancashire County Council and the National Trust, who together manage the Hall and its grounds.