Unique artwork goes under the silent hammer

A unique piece of artwork will be up for grabs in a silent auction, to help raise money for the Bailiffgate Museum.

Locally-based textile artist Jane Jackson has donated her creation Matisse Dancers 1, 2, and 3 for the cause.

It has been on display at the Alnwick attraction throughout the summer, but there is still time to make a sealed bid by popping into the museum.

The top bidder will be announced at a Northumbrian Music Night at the venue on November 30 (see below).

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

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

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

There will also be a rag rugging workshop at the museum on November 17, entitled More Rag Rugging for Christmas.

Jane and Margaret Kenny will lead the session, where people can learn new skills or improve existing ones.

It costs £30 and runs from 10am to 4pm. Basic materials, equipment and refreshments provided. Booking is essential and a £10 deposit is payable with each booking.

Call 01665 605847.