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Talks at The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Deirdre Dyson


7pm Friday 30 June
In Conversation
Lady Deirdre Dyson and Adrian Tinniswood
£10/ Free to Contemporary members
(includes entry to Tapestry: Here & Now)

Join artist and carpet designer Lady Deirdre Dyson In Conversation with Adrian Tinniswood to discover the inspirations behind her magnificent carpets, and the processes involved in translating her painted designs into woven form. The evening will reveal how an engagement with the natural world, materials and techniques, in addition to long-standing relationships with Nepalese communities, combine to produce carpets of exceptional quality and content.

Lady Dyson trained at the Byam Shaw School of Fine Art for two years in fine art and Wimbledon College of Art for the three year diploma in graphics and illustration, and is a practising fine artist and carpet designer. Adrian Tinniswood is an author, historian, lecturer and broadcaster and a Trustee of the Holburne Museum.


Wednesday 12 July, 3pm – 4pm
Tea-Time Talk
Curator’s Choice: Conservation Stories
Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts, Holburne Museum

What does a porcelain lady’s chamberpot containing a hidden message and decorated with extraordinary dragon mounts have in common with a modern tapestry woven by designer Edward McKnight Kauffer in 1935? Both have recently undergone conservation work so that they can go on display for the first time.

Join Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts, for a snapshot into what’s going on behind the scenes of the Museum. Catrin will present some surprising stories, sharing the fruits of the research which have led to a series of recent conservation projects.


Friday 25 August, 7pm – 8pm
Evening Lecture Creative Process and Progress
Candace Bahouth
£10  (includes entry to Tapestry: Here and Now between 6-7pm on the night). Café open 6-7pm

Artist Candace Bahouth, designer at the iconic Erhman Tapestries for over 25 years presents a lively, illustrated lecture exploring the development of her work over her career. Candace will describe how a love of woven tapestry inspired her own strikingly original hand-woven designs, bold both in subject matter and colour palette, before she moved into translating her ideas into needlepoint as a designer for Erhman Tapestries. Candace will reflect on the differences and similarities of woven tapestry and needlepoint, and what her latest artistic development into mosaics has in common with both these textile art forms.

A number of Candace Bahouth’s woven tapestries belong in the V&A’s collection, and she has exhibited in numerous shows , in London and nationally, including a solo show at the American Museum and has her second show with Kaffe Fassett at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, in May 2018.


Thursday 21 September, 7pm – 8pm
Evening Lecture
Thomas Lawrence and the Waterloo Chamber
Desmond Shawe Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Royal Collection Trust
£10 (Garden Café open 6-7pm)

Desmond Shawe-Taylor will discuss one of the most significant commissions of Sir Thomas Lawrence's career, depicting the heroes and monarchs responsible for the overthrow of Napoleon and the diplomats who rebuilt Europe in his wake. Beginning before the Battle of Waterloo in 1814, and ending with the death of Lawrence and George IV in 1830, the commission of portraits for the Waterloo Chamber captures three extraordinary, parallel lives, of Napoleon, George IV, and Thomas Lawrence.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor has been the Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures since 2005, prior to which he was Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery.  He is currently working on an exhibition of Charles I's art collection, due to open at the Royal Academy in 2018. He is a Trustee of the Holburne Museum.


Wednesday 27 September, 3pm – 4pm
Tea-Time Talk
Tapestry Weaving: A Traveller’s Tale
Jilly Edwards tapestry weaver in conversation with Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts
£7 (includes admission to Tapestry: Here & Now)

Grant Gibson will ask Edwards about her work leading up to the Tapestry: Here & Now exhibition and beyond to her publication Joy. Accompanying them will be the publication designers who will discuss working with Edwards.

Jilly Edwards is an International tapestry weaver who trained in Bristol and Edinburgh and has exhibited and travelled around the world. Grant Gibson is the Editor of Crafts magazine with a wide interest in curating, architecture and design.

Grant Gibson is UK-based design, craft and architecture writer whose work has turned up in places like The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, House & Garden and quite a few others. During his time Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. He was also the launch editor of the London Design Festival Guide. He's currently the editor of Crafts, as well as a contributing editor to the Dutch architecture title MARK and a regular columnist at Onoffice. In 2011 Grant was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art.


Friday 29 September, 10am – registration and refreshments, running 10.30am – 5pm
Tapestries - the narrative of our times?
£25/£10 students (includes entry to Tapestry: Here & Now. Lunch not included)

To celebrate Tapestry: Here & Now, the Holburne is delighted to bring together a distinguished panel of international speakers, many of them exhibiting artists. The symposium will explore the relevance of tapestry as a means of conveying the narrative of our times. Providing perspectives from around the globe, speakers will explore how this art form can spark conversations and inspire reflection about our experiences and the world around us.

Speakers will include Yasuko Fujino (Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan); Valerie Kirk (Australian National University, Australia); and Pat Taylor (previously Director at West Dean Tapestry Studio, UK). The event will be chaired by Professor Lesley Millar, the curator of Tapestry: Here & Now. For more details, please visit the website.


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