The Tweed 1000 Tapestry
“Community art is creative activity that is based in a community setting, characterised by interaction with the community and often involving professional artist/s collaborating with people who may not normally have the opportunity to engage in the arts and crafts"
The Tweed 1000 tapestry will be a community artwork. It is made by the community, for the community & as such will belong to the people of Berwick .
Given the portable nature of the tapestry, it can be rolled up & relocated to different venues in the area, making it accessible for everyone to view it as some point. Ultimately the tapestry will housed in Berwick Museum and Art Gallery as a contemporary artefact: an addition to the cultural heritage of the town.
This flagship project will closely involve the community. Illustrating the history and people of Berwick over 1000 years, it will involve everyone including the elderly in care homes, schoolchildren and other organisations under the guidance of skilled artists.
Visits will be made and workshops held so that the community will help in construction. They will be taught new, heritage textile and art skills. They will learn a brief history of these heritage crafts and traditional and modern techniques.
The project is for one large fabric hanging comprising 24 separate pieces, each created as a separate mini-project on the Tweed 1000 theme. The overall size of the finished hanging will be 2m x 3.3m.
Some pieces will be circulated to individual project organisers and/or designers. Each individual project will also be allocated basic materials: (child-safe) needles, embroidery floss, etc.
This project will be co-ordinated by the 56° North, Creative Studio team, who will also be responsible for mounting and finishing the work.