Late last year I was invited by the Clothworkers' Company to create twenty-five hand woven artworks using my signature passementerie style. The Clothworkers' Company were looking for a contemporary and fresh design based on their branding and history as a company. I created the twenty-five artworks, that were then turned into award trophies and given to winner of the Charity Governance Awards, a scheme the Clothworkers' Company runs.
I am delighted to announce that my work has been shortlisted for the Carter Preston Prize. Four of my fine Passementerie artworks will be exhibited at the Bluecoat Display Centre in August 2018.
This exhibition prize, held biennially in Liverpool, is in memory of the potter Julia Carter Preston. The shortlisted artists for the prize were selected by an independent judging panel and include Elizabeth Ashdown, Tom Collison, Tessa Eastman, Joanna Hejmej, Irina Razumovskaya and Tara Squibb.
The 6 shortlisted makers will feature in an exhibition at Bluecoat Display Centre from 4th August – 22nd September 2018, with one selected to win a prize of £1,000 awarded by the selection panel at the private view on the 3rd August 2018. There will also be a People’s Prize Vote when visitors will be invited to select their winner during the exhibition to be announced on the final day of the show; Saturday 3rd August. This artist will win an In the Window solo exhibition opportunity in our 2019 series.
Julia Carter Preston (31.8.1926 – 6.1.2012) exhibited regularly at Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool’s leading contemporary craft gallery, and was also a studio neighbour. The annual exhibitions of her unique sgraffito ceramics with their beautiful lustre glazes drew large crowds of private collectors and her works were also purchased for public collections around the UK.