News & Events

Here you will find details of Guild events (What's on) whether organised centrally or by a region or branch and events, workshops, seminars, exhibitions sent to us by other organisations.

In addition, this section also includes news items from the Guild, its regions and branches. The international stitch community are welcome to send us information that they believe will be of interest to Guild members in the UK.

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Landscape Artist of the Year Competition 2017 - Sky Arts TV Channel

Do you have what it takes to become Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017?

You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British Institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

Presenters Joan Bakewell and Frank SkinnerStory Vault Films Ltd are currently looking for artists to apply to take part in the new series of Sky Arts Channel's Landscape Artist of the Year Compaetition 2017 and they hope this will be of interest to members of the Embroiderers' Guild.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork).

Participants could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. I have attached a flyer with more information.

Here is a link to their website with access to the online application form -

Landscape Artist of the Year PaintingsThey are looking for a diverse range of artists and makers to apply for the programme. Landscape art encompasses much more than just the traditional mediums of oil paints, watercolours and acrylics. Their judges are very keen to hear from artists using a diverse variety of different mediums. Last year they featured linocuts, hand cut stencils, graffiti, charcoal, and even a textile artist (Moy Mackay) using merino wool. They would love to open this competition out to embroiderers who create textile landscape pieces. For example you may have completed a landscape piece which was exhibited for a Capability Brown exhibition.

Story Vault Films really want to reach out to as many people as possible in the arts community who might not see their usual press!

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The deadline for applications is Friday 28th April at midday. Please note applicants only need to submit an artwork they’ve already created, not create a new piece for the competition.

Game of Thrones - The Hardhome Embroidery

The Hardhome EmbroideryFollowing on from the success of the Magna Carta embroidery and the Guild's role in its production, the UK representatives of the HBO Home Entertainment TV Network contacted the Embroiderers' Guild with the view to creating a special artwork in stitch to form the backdrop to mark the release of the 'Game of Thrones' Series 5 DVD & Blue Ray boxed set.

The Embroiderers' Guild led the design and production of the piece and invited stitch partners The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work to participate. The final image was selected by HBO in December. It features one of the most intense battle scenes in TV history - the massacre of Hardhome. The first design and production meeting took place just before Christmas 2015, stitching started in mid January 2016 and the piece, measuring 5 metres in length and 4 metres high (nearly 17ft x 13ft 6 inches), was completed during the second week of March 2016… an outstanding achievement by all concerned.

We have received some fantastic feedback from visitors to the various locations where the embroidery has been on display - here are the comments from a visitor to the recent Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate:

"I recently had the real pleasure and indeed astonishment at seeing the Hardhome Embroidery when it was on show at the Harrogate K & S show. What a truly wonderful piece of work! I spent a long time soaking in its qualities and love it all. It comes alive and is amazingly intricate and convincing". Emeritus Professor Aberystwyth University

Dates for future exhibitions in 2017 featuring the Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery will be advised on this page

See full details of this fascinating project, led by the Embroiderers' Guild, on our Game of Thrones webpage (click here)

The Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery will be on display at:

Embroiderers' Guild at Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP

20th May - 17th June 2017

For more information about this event please email Professor Deborah Wynne:

The event is jointly organised by the University of Chester and the Silk Museum

Textiles PlusA Window on our Work - an exhibition by Textiles Plus (who are members of the Embroiderers' Guild)

14th - 23rd April 2017 open daily from 10am - 4pm free admission

Textiles Plus are a group of artists working in a range of media and the work on show will include embroidery, quilting, weaving, beadwork, felting and ceramics

at Cowslip Workshops, Newhouse farm, St Stephens, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8JX. Refreshments available at Cowslip Cafe

email: Penny Leonard for more information

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