Sunday 30 August 2020 AT 12:00 AM
Cancelled: Friends in Stitches
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.
Detail from one of the Friends in Stitches panels
$2 entry per person or donation gratefully received
The Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project is a collection of embroidered panels designed to tell the story of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, through stitch.
The Quakers have an interesting historical link with the Sisters of Mercy.
The project was inspired by the 77 elaborate and intricately designed British Quaker Tapestries (the Kendal Quaker Tapestry), the designs of which were in turn based on the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
Ideas for the Australian panels come from all over Australia, and depict local Quaker history beginning with the arrival in 1770 of the first Quaker, Sydney Parkinson, a botanical artist and a member of Captain Cook’s expedition. Currently there are 20 completed panels, with plans for a total of 70 to be created.
The Project began in 2007 and until recently, the panels have had limited public exposure, exhibited only in Quaker settings (at local meetinghouses around the country or Quaker gatherings) and in selected public libraries. However, the ‘Friends in Stitches’, the group that meets to create the panels and carry on the work supporting other stitching groups around the country, is now taking the Project to the wider world, and has begun offering the panels for exhibition to Australian galleries and cultural institutions.
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