11th September – 31st October | Somerset Rural Life Museum
A major exhibition of textile works from Alice Kettle’s Thread Bearing Witness project is opening at Somerset Rural Life Museum this autumn. The exhibition has been organised by the South West Heritage Trust in collaboration with Somerset Art Works.Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in Somerset. Her Thread Bearing Witness project explores themes of cultural heritage and displacement through the contributions of migrants and women’s groups. The resulting artworks are stitched from stories and imagery of individuals and seek to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis and the empowerment of women.At the museum three monumental textile works – GROUND, SEA and SKY – will form an immersive installation in the historic Abbey Barn. Also featured is the huge embroidery STITCH A TREE KARACHI, which includes 2,000 stitched trees and has been made by women’s groups in Pakistan. New works will be on display by Susan Kamara, a refugee from Uganda who is now fulfilling her artistic ambitions as well as working for the NHS.
The exhibition has been organised by the South West Heritage Trust in collaboration with Somerset Art Works.