New Art Exhibition To Open At Florence Arts Centre

A new exhibition of work from Cumbrian artists opens at Florence Arts Centre on Saturday 4 November

To round off another successful year of exhibitions, which have included a diverse range of work – photography, ceramics, calligraphy, printing, oil paintings, installations, digital media, knitting, embroidery, and more – Florence Arts Centre’s latest show is another fantastic example, from Cumbrian artists, Flax.

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Flax are a group of textile and mixed media artists from the south of the county, all working in different styles and with various skills and techniques to produce works of infinite range – bold, intricate, abstract, actual.

Tangled Threads is an exhibition of new work inspired by the development, over the past fifty years, of a ‘tangled textile’ movement; an exciting and experimental means of expression through art. The focus is not purely to do with fibres and snarled up threads but this initially springs to mind.The artists have interpreted the theme of ‘tangled’ in a tangle of ways both literal and abstract, including knitted and woven fabrics all ravelled and entwined, tangled and tousled emotions and ideas, labyrinthine manoeuvrings, tangles and threads of time, times past, times to come, ancestral lineages…and so much more.

The eight artists whose work will be appearing in the exhibition have all interpreted the theme in their personal way, and this should prove to an engaging and thought-provoking show, which will include references to traditional crafts such as embroidery and felting alongside creative writing, video, drawing and sculpture.

The artists taking part in this exhibition are Chris Macadie, Helen McKenna, Stephanie Conway, Caroline King, Fiona Pervez, Sheila Allan, Barbara Wright and Kate Tame. To accompany the exhibition they will all be hosting workshops and demonstrations to let visitors try their hand at some of the techniques used to create the work, or to share their own skills and ideas. Check the centre’s website for details and dates of these workshops, which have limited places so booking is essential.

Flax: Tangled Threads opens on Saturday 4 November and runs until Saturday 23 December. The exhibition is open from Wednesday to Sunday each week, between 10am and 4pm (and also during the centre’s evening events). Entry is free.

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