Current Exhibitions

Racing Thoughts 1996, Tilleke Schwarz - Current Exhibition11 July - 6 September

Tilleke Schwarz Embroidery

A solo exhibition of framed embroideries by internationally recognised textile artist Tilleke Schwarz. Based in the Netherlands, Tilleke has often exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK, but this exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a substantial volume of Tilleke's work under one roof.

Her embroidery is a mixture of contemporary
influences, graffiti, icons, texts and traditional On Colour 1997 - detail - Tilleke Schwarz
images, normally having a narrative element that
the viewer can interpret and enjoy.

Tilleke stitches ‘maps of modern life’ that remind of graffiti. She uses a mixture of graphic quality, content, and humour in her embroidery on linen.

She includes anything that moves, amazes or intrigues her. Daily life, mass media, traditional samplers and cats are major sources of inspiration. The work can be understood as a kind of visual poetry.


The Next VerseStewart Easton

Stewart Francis Easton

Breaking the traditional boundaries of craft, Stewart Easton’s latest work, The Next Verse, fuses together hand embroidery, sonic art and music.

Collaborating with sound artist, Gawain Hewitt, and musician Michael Tanner (Plinth, United Bible Studies), Easton's stitch work forms a meter square of interactive embroidery that follows the lifecycle of a fictional family.

The major plot lines of The Next Verse are hand stitched by Easton using conductive thread and a 23 minute psaltry soundtrack composed by Michael
Tanner is triggered by touch, each person creating
their own unique soundscape.

Stewart Easton at workEaston has also created a site specific wall drawing in response to Next Verse exploring other major life events of the family. 

Stewart Easton is a visual storyteller based in London who works in thread, ink, paint and digital


Summer Showcase

Jo LuckstedWe have put together a beautiful selection of craft, chosen with a summery theme in mind.

We have beautiful textile pieces by Staffordshire maker Jo Hill, and stunning ceramic animals by artist Jo Lucksted. There will be a gorgeous range of jewellery to choose from including a lovely daisy themed silver and gold range by April Doubleday.

If you’re looking for something to brighten up your walls, we have garden themed ceramic tiles by Hilke Macintyre and framed ceramic landscapes and birds, with stitch detail, by Emma West.

You are sure to find a great summer wedding present, birthday gift or a treat for yourself in this wonderful, uplifting, exhibition!


Exhibition & Events Programme

PDF Document Exhibitions & Events May-Nov 2015| (2.07mb)

For further information about the Shire Hall Gallery exhibition programme contact the Exhibitions Officer Kim Gould on 01785 278345, or email|


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