Tapestry:  Changing Concepts Exhibition in Edinburgh

Tapestry: Changing Concepts Exhibition in Edinburgh

This looks like an interesting exhibition to challenge your thoughts on tapestry. It's on at the City Art Centre next to Waverley Station in Edinburgh until 13th March, and it's free! If you've got some time to spare in Edinburgh, it could be a thought provoking way to spend some time.

Here is the write up from the Museums and Galleries Edinburgh listing for your interest:

Tapestry: Changing Concepts is a group exhibition featuring work by 19 contemporary artists associated with the former Tapestry Department at Edinburgh College of Art, either as graduates or lecturers. From the early 1960s to the 2000s the department was a hotbed of artistic invention. There was a strong emphasis on drawing, and all students learned to weave, yet at the same time were encouraged to explore different media to express their ideas. Tapestry was taught on an equal footing to the other fine art disciplines at the college and this ethos continued for almost 50 years, as the course gradually changed direction and eventually became Intermedia. Many of the alumni who originally trained in tapestry went on to develop a professional practice in an area which bore little or no relation to warp and weft.

This show reflects the unconventional approach of the Tapestry Department. On display are drawings, installations and sculptures alongside works made of textile - all presented under the banner of tapestry. People often think of tapestry as a traditional artform, in terms of technique, subject matter, or both. Tapestry: Changing Concepts aims to challenge this preconception and broaden the understanding of what a tapestry is or can be. Where it was once seen as a craft, it is now considered an artform in its own right, underpinned by ideas as much as technique. These works break with convention, looking to the future rather than the past.

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