The British Tapestry Group exists to promote woven tapestry as a contemporary art form in the UK, by raising public awareness through professional exhibitions, networking, regional initiatives, training and development. We are a group of 250 UK and International tapestry weavers, many of whom are award winners and renowned artists.
The BTG Woven Art website showcases the combination of craftsmanship and artistic inspiration which is translated into woven works.
Regional members of the BTG have taken the joint theme of weaving water/woven land and have interpreted this in a variety of different techniques. From realistic interpretation of the coastline to concerns over land use and environmental issues, changing seasons within the landscape, mapping coastlines and waterways along with emotional and spiritual places where land meets water are imagined in a variety of materials and weaving styles.
The British Tapestry Group aims to promote the art of contemporary woven tapestry and to encourage more people to get involved in tapestry weaving. It also acts as a virtual and real network for its members, enabling them to share their art, their passion and their experience with one another. This exhibition was open to all our membership as a celebration of tapestry weaving. Rhythm of the Weave explores each weaver’s interpretation of this theme. The nature of tapestry weaving can be built on the rhythm we develop as we are weaving away. Our fingers work on one section while our minds work at the challenge of the next stage. Each piece conforms to a specific size limit to enable the creation of a cohesive flow within the installation. A theme or a thread runs through and links each piece.
An exhibition by London members held at the Hepsibah Gallery Hammersmith 9th -19th June 2016.
Fabric of the North brings together works by members of the British Tapestry Group, in a range of styles and techniques, large and small, with a single theme: our Northern heritage. The exhibition is in two fabulous locations: Cromford Mills in May; and Kirkleatham Museum in October.
An exhibition by members of the British Tapestry Group held at K&S London & Harrogate 2014.
An exhibition of small format tapestries, woven by Scottish Members held at The Verdant Works, Dundee, 25th July to 8th October 2015. Many of the tapestries have links to the city.
At this time of renewed interest in woven tapestry the British Tapestry Group (BTG) exhibition focuses on the concept of sound and weave. The Sound and Weave Exhibition explores and expands the boundaries and language of traditional tapestry weaving, therefore creating the opportunity for the artists to move their work on from traditional methods towards new ways of making and expressing their ideas. Taking one of tapestry’s key strengths as a visual medium - the interplay between colour, light and texture - the artists bring in non-visual elements to create new works to stimulate and delight multiple senses.
An exhibition by members in South East England held at The Mill House Angmering 23rd March - 3rd April and at The Arts Forum, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex 19th April - 1st May 2016.
An exhibition of tapestries by Scottish members at Dunblane Museum, Dunblane 9th - 31st August 2016.
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