Guild News

Member Opportunities for 10 years from 2011 to 2021

Postcard for NorwayIn 2011 we made a huge success of the ‘Olympic Postcards’ with exhibitions that spanned the length and breadth of the UK over a period of nearly 2 years. Members’ work was celebrated throughout the UK.

The ‘Big Stitch’ events followed. Then came the ‘Magna Carta’ project, albeit on a short leadtime and only open to a limited number of members. Nevertheless, it was a huge success.

You all know the ‘Capability Brown’ story of 45 exhibitions in mainly high footfall venues for a cumulative period of 156 months and seen by many tens of thousands of people. 120 branches and over 2000 members took part.

Whitwealker in productionIn 2016 the Guild was asked to design and create a very special piece for the London representatives of HBO Television and ‘Game of Thrones’. This broke all records and expectations of what it takes to create a piece 18 feet long and 13 feet high… 2.5 months… yes, 2.5 months, not 2.5 years! This piece has been exhibited for the last 12 months to huge audiences from Cumbria to London.

This was followed by the Page 17 project in 2017 and the poignant 100 Hearts project in 2018.

In 2019 the members' project is "HOME - Invite us in and tell us what the word HOME means to you". We have had an excellent response (registration is now closed) and further news on the venues for exhibition of the work for this project will be announced later in 2019.

So, what is next for Guild members?

The National Celebration of Stitch - where groups of our branch members get "out and about" in venues local to them - libraries, museums, shopping centres - demonstrating embroidery and stitching to bring awareness to the wider public. The date for 2020 is still to be announced.

Also to be announced – an international project involving embroiderers from three countries that will culminate in at least 50 exhibitions in the UK in 2020 and 2021 and perhaps a similar number of exhibitions in two other countries. Individual members and branches may wish to be involved.

In addition, we are working on a ‘bonus opportunity’ for actioning at any time from 2019 for many years.

All these projects take a huge amount of time to plan in detail to the point where, when members and branches decide whether they would like to take part, they have all the information they need to enjoy their involvement and make a great success of the opportunities.

There has never been a better time to be a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild! WATCH THIS SPACE!

CEO Terry Murphy Meets the Members

Terry MurphyThe Guild is planning for its future and your future as active and participating members. This must inevitably involve some changes, some unwanted and others that present new opportunities to all. Our intention is to explain the changes and answer questions on a face to face basis with members’ representatives in venues throughout the UK.

CEO, Terry Murphy, continues to run a series of meetings in 2019. Regional Chairs are currently seeking venues for these meetings and will be making firm bookings over the next few months.

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