Throughout August, work by degree students from BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery will be on show at R Space Gallery in Northern Ireland in an exhibition called ‘Out of the Frame’.
The show runs to 30 August and showcases a variety of projects by recent graduates from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Royal School of Needlework (RSN). Each exhibit exemplifies the teaching of the RSN; the craft of hand embroidery applied to individual creative practice.
Dev Patel, a recent RSN graduate whose work is on show explained: “The Royal School of Needlework’s involvement in exhibiting at the R Space Gallery in Lisburn, highlights the contemporary direction in which the degree course is moving."
© Dev Patel
Dev's work uses an embroidery technique in the Blackwork traditional style of black thread on a piece of white linen fabric. With Ireland’s rich history in textiles and in particular linen –Belfast was at one point the linen capital of the world – his work is particularly relevant: "My work became a big talking point at the private view, opening my eyes to the relationship between the contemporary visual arts and crafts scene, and the history of the Irish textiles industry," added Dev.
BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery is a world-renowned course based in dedicated studios at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey. The Royal School of Needlework holds a world-renowned reputation for excellence in hand embroidery, and the course allows degree graduates to build a professional context for their practice, learning traditional hand embroidery techniques which they translate into contemporary stitch-based outcomes.
© Jonel Van Schalkwyk
To find out more about the exhibition visit the R Space Gallery website.
If you would like to know more about RSN degree courses at UCA, visit the course pages.