On Monday my friend and I had a lovely drive over to Scarborough, a seaside town on the East Yorkshire coast. We were going to see a piece of my work in an exhibition – it was pretty exciting as I’ve never had something exhibited like that before!
Back in the summer I heard about a project being organised to celebrate 200 years since Anne Bronte’s birth. Anne was one of the famous literary Bronte sisters, she was born in Haworth, just up the road from here, but she died aged about 30 in Scarborough.
She wrote two books, Agnes Grey and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Over the years she’s been a bit overlooked by her more famous sister Charlotte,but actually Anne was quite radical in her time, a feminist in a male dominated era. She wrote about how life was for many women, with alcoholic, abusive husbands and no legal means of escape. This didn’t necessarily make her popular with those who preferred the sanitised version of life in their times.
This exhibition and lots of other events in Scarborough this year aim to set the record straight! It’s the brainchild of Lindsey Tyson, she’s done an amazing job getting 200 artists organised! She’s a textile artist herself working from her studio in Scarborough, her work is beautiful.
200 artists were each given a page from a vintage copy of The Tenent of Wildfell Hall and we had to create something inspired by the page, or by Anne herself. I wrote about my piece and how it came about here.
The exhibition opened on Friday at Woodend Gallery on The Crescent in Scarborough. There’s an amazing variety of art media on display, painting, calligraphy, book art, as well as embroidery. I felt pretty proud of my piece!
There’s also a book been published which has a photo of each piece and the artists description…so I’m in print!!! I picked up my book on Monday, it was beautifully gift wrapped!
If you’re in the area it’s well worth a visit, though don’t go this Saturday as there’s some event on so it’s not open. There’s been alot in the press about it, with TV and radio interviews, so hopefully it will be well supported. You never know, I might even sell my piece!