On Friday Colin and I went to visit the "Talking Textiles" exhibition at its last venue, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. I was interested to see how the museum staff had displayed our work and was very pleased with what I saw. The hanging system in the Yellow Gallery is such that the pieces are suspended on wires away from the wall so that, with the good lighting, they cast a shadow behind them which gives depth to the work. This suited Delia's and June's work particularly: the shadows cast by the uneven edges of Delia's pieces gave them a 3D quality and that behind "Harbour" (June), made it appear to have an extra layer.
All the 3D items were thoughtfully presented, with pespex cases protecting them without compromising the immediacy required. The museum staff had taken the opportunity to add a case exhibiting two nineteenth century waistcoats, an early sewing machine and needlework tools from their own collection. Activities for young visitors had also been added sensitively: an invitation to create an art work and add words "like the artists of EAST", a colouring sheet showing part of one of the exhibits, and a join-the-dots exercise based on another.
Although the journey to Nuneaton and back made a long day out, especially as we had walked the dog for five miles along the Grand Union Canal beforehand, our welcome at the museum was warm and I recommend a trip to Nuneaton to see "Talking Textiles" before the exhibition closes on 16th October.