Common Thread

East Quay, Watchet
16 September 2023 - 1 January 2024
10.00 - 17.00
Free to all

An exhibition of works by Lyn Barlow and Grayson Perry

‍Common Thread is a new exhibition at East Quay in Watchet, Somerset, featuring tapestries by Grayson Perry and embroidered works by local artist and activist Lyn Barlow. The exhibition celebrates two very different artists: one a well-known public figure and artist of international standing and the other an extraordinary but relatively hidden talent working locally in West Somerset. Both artists use thread to powerfully tell tales of trials and tribulations, but also activism, stoicism, and strength.

In Lyn’s quilts, the viewer is party to a story that is simultaneously extraordinary and ordinary. It is a story of great sadness and strife, but also one highlighting a life of integrity, devoted to community and care. By pairing these works with Grayson Perry’s, the exhibition brings together the intriguing stories of two women living regular but fascinating lives, Julie in Essex, and Lyn in Somerset, both existing through a common era and cultural landscape, portrayed through a common medium - thread. This exhibition is made possible with support from Arts Council England and the Golsoncott Foundation. East Quay would like to thank the Crafts Council for loaning A Perfect Match - Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope (2016.18) and In its Familiarity, Golden - Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope (2016.19).

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