Yarn Bombers Take Over the River & Rowing Museum

Opening on Thursday 15 February, the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, will be exhibiting the colourful creations of the Thames Path Together community art project in their new exhibition – Yarn Bombing!

The Thames Path Together community art project is a group of artists, needle workers, weavers, craft clubs, schools and community groups who come together to celebrate their craft by making an explosion of textile creations that reflect the Thames Path and Bridge.

David Worthington, Chair – River & Rowing Museum, said, “We are delighted to be displaying the colourful creations of the Thames Path Together group in our Community Gallery.  The work of this talented group is bursting with energy and colour, inspired by our beautiful river side location, and we hope that our visitors will enjoy spotting local landmarks and even Mr Toad within their display!”

Yarn bombing is a form of street art where public spaces are covered in knitting and crochet. By expanding the definition of yarn to mean any spun thread the groups created a highly imaginative and varied display of textile artworks.   The work of the Thames Path Together group was recently seen in the yarn bombing of Whitchurch Bridge in May 2017.

Natalie Patel, Head of Collections & Exhibitions, River & Rowing Museum added, “When Gill from the fantastic Art Cafe at Whitchurch on Thames got in touch I absolutely knew that the only way forward was to yarn bomb the River & Rowing Museum! This hugely talented craft collective have made some incredible textile pieces, my absolute favourite is Mr. Toad! It has been a pleasure to welcome all kinds of groups into the Museum from budding artists, to historians with a great story to share, to entries to the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition from all across Henley. The community gallery has been hugely popular, and I’d love to hear from anyone who has an idea about what could go into the gallery next. “

Thames Path Together was the brainchild of local artist Gill Williamson who set up Art Cafe, a Saturday morning community coffee shop, in November 2015 with the aim of running community art projects. Thames Path Together was Art Cafe’s first project in collaboration with Alison Livesey of The Crochet Tree, and the project has raised over £5,000 on behalf of the charity and community fundraisers that supported Art Cafe in its first year.

Accompanying the exhibition, there is a FREE drop in session on Friday 16 Feb – Pom Pom Pom!

Visitors can enjoy making pom poms to hang in the Museum’s yarn tree, with the help of the talented Yarn Bombers.  During the half term week, the Museum will also be running a free gallery trail, and a number of other family friendly events, full details at rrm.co.uk

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