Roscommon Art Centre Tapestry and Fibre Art Festival

Posted 24.03.22

The festival weekend kicks off on Thursday April 28th with the launch of “Slow time with a butterfly”, an exhibition by the members of Contemporary tapestry artists Ireland CTA in King House, Boyle, County Roscommon. April 29th we will launch Interconnections 4 in Roscommon arts centre. On Saturday April 30th a series of workshops will take place. On Sunday May 1st we will host a symposium with invited guest speakers, on the theme of “Exploring fine art textiles”.

Programme of events

Friday April 29th:
Launch of Interconnections 4. An exhibition of handwoven fine art tapestries

Saturday 30th April – Workshops
Workshop 1 - Title: Weaving with Up-cycled materials.
Workshop 2 - Title: Weaving Blue. Finishing techniques, Blocking

Sunday May 1st
Symposium Title: Exploring Fine art textiles €5.00  (Discussion, Tour & Presentation)

Booking essential through the art centre box office

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INTERCONNECTIONS 4

This exhibition is the fourth in an ongoing biennial collaboration between contemporary tapestry artists from Scotland and Ireland. The first and second Interconnections exhibitions were shown in Roscommon and Boyle in 2016 and 2018, the 2020 exhibition was online due to Covid restrictions.

In 2022 INTERCONNECTIONS 4 will open in Roscommon Arts Centre 29th April – 14th May and will tour to The Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire for June, July and August. 2022

The exhibition will consist of a number of one-off hand-woven tapestries of all sizes from miniature to massive, on a large range of themes. The tapestries have been made over the past four years by the 8 participating professional tapestry artists, 4 from Ireland and 4 from Scotland. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to be blown away by the beauty, colour and sheer technical virtuosity of the work.                                                                                                                                                       

Contemporary tapestries are made by hand on simple looms, in the same way as the historic tapestries we see when we visit castles and country houses. The technique is a very ancient one and almost impossible to mechanise. The subject matter and style is contemporary with pieces dealing with the issues of the day as well as abstract and more representational themes.

The exhibition has been co-curated by Frances Crowe (Ireland) and Joan Baxter (Scotland) both well respected tapestry artists in their own countries. They first met in 2012 and when a chance to exhibit together in Ireland presented itself in 2016 it rapidly grew into a larger and more important project for the artists of both countries. The opportunity to exhibit together regularly allows the participating artists to forge creative links, to collaborate on a number of other projects, to form friendships and learn from each other.

Exhibiting Artists:

Ireland: Frances Crowe, Mary Cuthbert, Terry Dunne, Angela Forte
Scotland: Joan Baxter, John Brennan, Clare Coyle, Elizabeth Radcliffe

Interconnections is funded by Roscommon County Council Creative Ireland Programme 2022 and Roscommon Local Enterprise Office, supported by Roscommon Arts Centre and King House.

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