Hammer falls on unique art

Jane Jackson of Brightseed Textiles (right) and  Liz Wood and Frances Blezard  from the Bailiffgate Museum.
Jane Jackson of Brightseed Textiles (right) and Liz Wood and Frances Blezard from the Bailiffgate Museum.

UNIQUE pieces of artwork have been donated to an Alnwick attraction to help the venue’s fund-raising efforts.

North Northumberland-based textile artist Jane Jackson has handed-over some of her creations – beautiful examples of the traditional craft of rug rugging – to the Bailiffgate Museum.

Her contribution comes as part of its current fund-raising initiative, working towards exciting plans this year – the attractions’s 10th anniversary year – and the Heritage at the Heart of the Community project, which has received a first round pass and development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund endorsing the outline bid.

One of Jackson’s pieces, The Rose, will be the star raffle prize at a museum coffee morning on Saturday, March 10.

The other work, Matisse Dancers 1,2, and 3, will be on display at the venue throughout the summer before going under the hammer towards the end of the year.

A silent auction will be launched at next month’s coffee morning, which takes place in Alnwick’s Northumberland Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and will continue at the museum, with the top bidder being named in October.

The design is based on a painting called The Dance by French artist Andre Derain, which Jackson originally saw in a book about Henri Matisse.

The pieces are designed to be hung either as a group or separately and are all made from Harris Tweed, silk taffeta and various wool yarns.

Jackson, from Rock, uses a rag rugging technique called hooking to construct contemporary wall hangings from brightly coloured tweed and yarns. She also makes more detailed landscape collages using the same materials.

She exhibits and sells her work at art galleries and museums in Northumberland, Cumbria and Scotland.

Jackson and Margaret Kenny run a range of rag rugging workshops throughout the North East and will be holding a session at the museum on Saturday, March 31, from 10am to 4pm.

For more information about the events, contact the museum at ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or call 01665 605847 or email.