28th June -20th October 2024

The third Harewood Biennial Create / Elevate celebrates the power of craft to surprise, inspire and bring people together to imagine new worlds. Presented within Harewood House and across its landscapes and gardens, it brings together the work of 16 British and international artists, designers and craft collectives including four major new commissions.

Showcasing a range of arts and crafts techniques, the exhibition shows how artists use craft for cross-generational knowledge sharing which is generous and the foundation of most things we know, use and value. It offers fresh perspectives on Harewood’s collections while exploring timely themes including local and global ecologies.

The contemporary exhibits provide new ways to engage with the centuries of craft artistry embedded within the interiors of Harewood House. Create/Elevate shows how artists and makers work collectively to affect societal change and promote social equity. Exhibits encourage fresh ways for audiences to engage the spaces and gardens of Harewood House, including actively, playfully and multi-sensorially.

Alongside the exhibition, we’ll be offering a summer of dynamic craft workshops. During weekends in August, Make-it-Harewood offers accessible hands-on Biennial-themed activities and engagement opportunities.

Exhibiting artists, makers and collectives: Arabeschi di Latte, BEIT Collective with Hamza Mekdad, Botanique Studios, Britto Arts Trust, Rebecca Chesney, Emefa Cole, Common Threads, Jakup Ferri, Rosa Harradine, Jan Hendzel, Mani Kambo, Hew Locke, Kusheda Mensah, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Lucia Pizzani and Xanthe Somers.

Common Threads is a women’s collaborative embroidery project initiated in Karachi in 2019 by textile artist Alice Kettle and one of two co-commissions with the British Textile Biennial.

It presents a series of embroideries made collaboratively by artisans from the Ra’ana Liaquat Craftsmen’s Colony (RLCC), and developed by women from the South Asian diaspora in Burnley and Bristol and now with the Shantona Women’s Group in Leeds. The panels connect depictions of shared experiences of family and the meaning of home, wherever that may be.

Find Common Threads in the China Room.

About Alice Kettle

Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalleled scale.

The scale of her work belies their component parts: individual tiny stitches, which combine to form great swathes of colour, painterly backgrounds incorporating rich hues and metallic sheen.