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House Guests: Textile Artists in David Parr House

House Guests: Textile Artists in David Parr House Emily Campbell | Fiona Curran | Shelley Goldsmith | Tanvi Kant | Rachael Matthews | Richard McVetis | Beatrice Mayfield | Anya Paintsil Join us for House Guests: Textile Artists in David Parr House, the first in a series of creative interventions that invite contemporary artists, designers and makers to respond to David Parr House.

  • 15th September 2023 - 27th October 2023
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for House Guests: Textile Artists in David Parr House, the first in a series of creative interventions that invite contemporary artists, designers and makers to respond to David Parr House.  

The inaugural guests all work in textile materials and processes to acknowledge the story of Mary Jane Parr, wife of David. Bringing textile works into the historic domestic interiors of David Parr House shines a light on Mary’s presence in the house. Before she was married, Mary lived in Cheshire where she was a doubler – a textile worker who, from home, spun cotton threads to create new yarns. Through the work of eight artists, House Guests: Textile Artists explores making, domesticity, and the stories of the house.

Each House Guests intervention presents works by artists that offer new ways to consider the house, its interiors and its history. Through visiting works, new narratives are discovered, highlighting how the themes and values of David Parr House are as relevant today as they were to those who inhabited the space from the 1880s. 

Each exhibition slot is 50 mins starting at 10.00 am, 11.00 pm, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Your ticket includes a brief introduction, a printed exhibition guide and a chance to explore David Parr House and the artworks.  

Running on selected dates: 15th, 22nd, 29th, 30th September & 6th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 27th October

Running time: 50 minutes

Cost: £10 (£12 with donation) per person

Please note: Photography is permitted. 

Alongside the exhibition are workshops from participating artists: 

16th September: Textile Jewellery with Tanvi Kant

30th September: Embroidered Lettering with Beatrice Mayfield  

7th October: The Art of Hand Embroidery with Richard McVetis 

28th October: Rag Rug Weaving with Rachael Matthews 

Image Credit: Shelly Goldsmith, ‘Pink Field’ (2022)

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