October 25th, 2016

Sheldon Tapestry provides inspiration for new artworks

Updated: 11:53 am, Sep 02, 2015

THE OLD is inspiring the new at Market Hall Museum in Warwick.

The Sheldon Tapestry – one of Warwickshire greatest treasures – has provided the inspiration for three new contemporary artworks which will be installed alongside the 400 plus year-old tapestry – one of four tapestry maps originally commissioned in 1570 by Ralph Sheldon to decorate his Weston House home near Long Compton.

The Warwickshire map, the only one to remain complete after the others were damaged during the English Civil War, is now the focus of new project Reframing Sheldon.

The artists involved are award-winning ‘creative technologist’ Laura Kriefman, visual artist Orly Orbach and Dom Breadmore from Coventry-based ‘postdigital’ arts organisation Ludic Rooms.

Each have created their own artistic reaction to the tapestry, which will be on show at the Market Place museum before it closes for renovation work at the end of September.

Kriefman work – a 21st century embroidered border to reframe the original tapestry map – is already on display. It features everything from DNA to HS2.

And Orbach’s and Breadmore’s offerings can be seen from Tuesday (September 8).

Orbach’s has been working with members of Children in Care Council (CiCC) to explore and better understand a young person’s perspective of Warwickshire. She has created a textile printed curtain.

Breadmore has been exploring the theme of trees in Warwickshire’s landscape with young carers from the county.

He has created a film which will be projected 360 degrees inside a pop-up tent structure at the museum.

The project, supported and part funded by Warwick District Council, follows Heritage and Culture Warwickshire successfully securing £965,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to re-interpret the collections at the museum and create a new website.

Visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/ for further details.