To celebrate the Broadway Gallery exhibition Allistair Covell: Canvas To Carpet, featuring the artworks of Digswell Arts Fellow Allistair Covell, the Broadway Gallery has launched its ‘Design Your Own Rug’ competition. Organised in partnership with the Digswell Arts Trust, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Rug Maker, the competition invites the public to create their own ‘canvas to carpet’, using the exhibition and Allistair’s abstract colourful paintings and hand-knotted carpet designs as inspiration.
The winning design will be hand-made into a 1 metre x 1 metre square rug, hand-woven by Rug Maker’s weavers in Nepal. The winner’s rug will be initially placed on public display at Letchworth’s new tourist information facility Discover Letchworth, before being awarded to the winning artist or designer to keep.
The competition closes on Sunday 5th May 2019, the same day as the exhibition Allistair Covell: Canvas To Carpet closes and for more details on the competition and how to enter click on the link below: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4919009/Design-Your-Own-Rug-Competition
Commenting on the exhibition, the Broadway Gallery said “we are very excited to host Allistair’s first solo exhibition and the reception to it has been overwhelmingly positive with comments and praise ranging from Allistair’s work and being given the opportunity to follow his journey from canvas to carpet, to learning more about the techniques the weavers in Afghanistan and Nepal use to interpret and faithfully translate his energetic brushworks into unique, hand-woven compositions”.
International design magazine COVER, which specialises in carpets and textiles for interiors and the art world, and that has featured Allistair’s work in the past, have written an online article supporting the exhibition and the competition: https://cover-magazine.com/news/design-your-own-rug/
Since opening in 2016, the Broadway Gallery has shown retrospectives of the work of artists Richard Smith and Gordon House, alongside exhibitions including Kate Terry, Michael Brennand-Wood and Rebecca Louise Law, and recently an exhibition in collaboration with the Crafts Council and a Hayward touring show of screenprints by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
Allistair Covell: Canvas To Carpet is open until 5th May 2019 at the Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EW
For more information on Allistair Covell: Canvas To Carpet exhibition please visit https://www.broadway-letchworth.com/studio-gallery/whats-on/allistair-covell-canvas-to-carpet
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