Gateways: An Exhibition by the 98 Lace Group
Dates: September 6 to November 1, 2014 (Wisbech & Fenland)
September 1 to October 31 (Octavia View)
Place: Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES UK
Ancillary show at Octavia View
10a-14 South Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JQ UK
Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 Tuesday through Saturday (Wisbech & Fenland)
Admission: Free admission
I’m updating the announcement that was first posted back in May, 2014.
The gateway as a portal to the mind, to the spiritual and mineral riches in the landscape, to the release from bondage under slavery or as a way to negotiate the rocky path we have to negotiate to achieve our goals in life – all these and more are to be the subjects of an exciting exhibition currently under development for Wisbech.
Artists from the 34-strong 98 Lace Group, a national body which showcases contemporary lace as a modern expressive medium rather than a traditional trimming, will stage their show ‘Gateways’ from September 6 to November 1 at Wisbech Museum, with an ancillary show at Octavia View (September 1 – October 31).
Four local primary schools will also have hands-on sessions to open up bobbin lace techniques, to the next generation, in conjunction with the UK Lace Guild, and there will be many other practical demonstrations during the autumn.
One important weekend is when National Lacemaking Day coincides with National Heritage Weekend on September 13 during which there will be demonstrations at both venues and at Peckover House.
The group has been working with Wisbech Museum and The Ferry Project to stage the two exhibitions, the latest in a line of shows which have taken their modern approach to the Bowes Museum in County Durham, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery in the Midlands, the de Morgan Gallery in London and many others since their inauguration in 1998.
These pioneering British lace artists, who also include overseas lacemakers among their number from time to time (currently with one member from New Zealand), use traditional techniques but with an unusual modern sensibility, also drawing in other textile approaches such as felting and embroidery, to give this delicate and diaphanous medium an ever-stronger voice which is also gaining headway internationally. A number of group members teach and exhibit all over the world.