Textile Exhibition – until 31st Ooctober

Hampshire Art & Craft CIC who run Rum’s Eg art and craft gallery in Romsey have organised a very unusual exhibition entitled ‘Stitched’ at Romsey Abbey – with large site-specific textile pieces having been designed and especially made for the Abbey setting by past graduates (mostly mature students) of the Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles course at Eastleigh College. Susan Chapman is the lecturer who saw the graduates through their degree courses at Eastleigh and has curated the exhibition. It was launched at a Private View on Tuesday evening 29th September where dozens of guests listened to a delightful performance by the Rum’s Eg Singers, a group of amateur singers from all walks of life who meet at Rum’s Eg once a fortnight. Their rich voices resonated throughout the Abbey while guests viewed the fifty-two stitched textile pieces – many of them hung high up beneath the arches.

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This was followed by a short stroll down to Rum’s Eg in Bell Street where packed guests on two floors enjoyed wine and canapes while they viewed the work of expert textile artists Susan Chapman and Hilary Marshall who have a two-woman exhibition there entitled ‘Stitched – a Point of Departure’. The ‘sister’ shows both run until 31 October but please note that Rum’s Eg gallery and cafe is closed on Mondays

Founding Director of Hampshire Art & Craft CIC, Siriol Sherlock, told artists, their guests and the Abbey team how delighted the Community Interest Company is to collaborate with the Abbey with this second exhibition in such spectacular surroundings – following the successful ‘Dovetail’ exhibition of woodwork in August. There is a rich history of textile artwork at the Abbey with many beautiful pieces on view which have been commissioned by the Abbey over the years.