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Camphill Foundation: World Wide Weave Exhibition

Date: Fri 14th- Sat 29th August
Time: 10am-5pm
Price: Free

Exhibition of 75 pieces of multi-media textile art by people with learning disabilities living in intentional communities in 19 countries, from California and Vancouver to India and Vietnam, from Norway to South Africa, celebrating 75 years of the Camphill Movement.

An exhibition of 75 unique pieces of multi-media textile art and 75 photographs on the theme of ‘Extraordinary Lives’, by adults, children and young people with learning disabilities living in 61 intentional communities in 19 countries, from California and Vancouver to India and Vietnam, from Scandinavia and Russia to South Africa, marking 75 years of the Camphill Movement. The exhibits, each of which is accompanied by a photo of the people who made it and an explanatory text, are a celebration of unity in diversity and the spark of creativity which is common to all humanity, transcending boundaries of language, culture, religion and politics. The exhibition will tour the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway and USA in 2015-2016. 

The World Wide Weave carries a fundamental statement of equality regarding the potential of people with learning disabilities. The type of artistic and craft work in the project is not something which merely occupies the time or is valuable only for its therapeutic or educational aspects. The weavers, felters and tapestry-makers are artists and artisans in their own right and can place their work alongside that of mainstream artists and craftspeople. 

Different individuals in a group collaborated on a single piece of art, each contributing what they could towards the finished work. This has been a major feature in the development of the World Wide Weave. In some places everyone in the textile workshop was involved, in others every member of the entire community, so that every person who passed the workshop was invited in to weave a few threads or add some small detail to the whole picture. It was a strong community experience of social weaving as much as a hands-on experience of the craft.

Many of the communities have used home produced and also recycled materials in the World Wide Weave. The theme of caring for our natural resources, recycling and renewal runs like a special thread throughout the exhibition.

This exhibition is in the upstairs exhibition room in the Peatyards building- to the left of the stables courtyard, access via the external steps. 

For further information please call 01651 851440