The Broderers Exhibition: The Art of Embroidery
Bankside Gallery, 22 -27 February 2022

The Worshipful Company of Broderers is one of the City of London livery companies. It is over 450 years old and historically was responsible for maintaining the standard of embroidery in London.

Although none of us in Phoenix submitted work for this open call exhibition, we were nevertheless excited at the prospect of a celebration of stitched art in all its forms, from the traditional to the most contemporary, at a prestigious central London venue.

The exhibition was free to visit, and it was wonderful to see such very large audiences studying and appreciating the work.

Phoenix members Jo Coombes, Lynne Butt and Rosaline Darby visited together. Reflections on glass and difficult lighting made photography a bit tricky but here are some of the pieces that caught their eye:

Alison Aye – Mam’s Christmas Tablecloth

Anja von Kalinowski – The Unseen II

Anna Black – Movement

Carol Naylor – All That Glitters

Ellie Hipkin – Calm Chill 1 and 2

Emily Tull – The Beard Crawls Around on Your Face

Helen Banshaf – A Construction of Old Friends II

Jan Beaney – Leftkada Wetlands 1 and 2

Kate Barlow – Love

Liz Ashurst – Lockdown

Maria Wigley – Somewhere Else

Masako Newton – Social Distancing

Rachel Doyle – the Diver

Sara Rickards – The Awakening

Sarah de Rousset-Hall – Hive Mind

Susannah Weiland – Greenwich Rabbit and Mouse

Tanya Betham/Opusanglicanum – The Three Living and the Three Dead

Vicky O’Leary – Creating Calm

The full online catalogue is available here: broderers-exhibition.co.uk/catalogue/

Further information about the Broderers, including membership, can be found here: broderers.co.uk/

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