Finding the Unicorn: Tapestries Mythical and Modern at The Fleming Collection

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A unique exhibition celebrating Historic Scotland’s stunning refurbishment of James V’s Royal Palace at Stirling Castle and the skills of British tapestry weavers. The centrepiece of Finding the Unicorn - Tapestries Mythical and Modern will be The Unicorn is Found, one of a series of magnificent tapestries woven for the Palace by the West Dean Tapestry Studio in Sussex. This will be the first time the tapestry has gone on public display outside Scotland. Alongside it at The Fleming Collection at 13 Berkeley Street in Mayfair, which has become an embassy for Scottish art in London, will be other important pieces relating to the Stirling Castle Palace refurbishment and tapestries of works by modern and contemporary artists woven at West Dean. The Unicorn is Found is one of a series of seven medieval tapestries collectively entitled The Hunt of the Unicorn which are being re-created for the Queen’s Inner Hall at Stirling Castle by the West Dean Tapestry Studio. It has taken 12 years to weave the tapestries, part of Historic Scotland’s £12 million undertaking to recreate James V of Scotland’s 16th century Royal Apartments. The weaving is nearing completion and The Fleming Collection exhibition will mark this important milestone. The original tapestries are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition, co-ordinated and designed by Katriana Hazell, will have two themes, both of which will showcase the skills of contemporary artists and craft workers. The first is the recreation of the Royal Palace at Stirling Castle. As well as The Unicorn is Found, a large scale colour design for another tapestry, The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn, will be displayed alongside works made by artists and craft workers for the refurbishment and panels and photographs providing context. The second is the making and interpretation of a medieval tapestry covering the West Dean Tapestry Studio’s involvement in weaving all seven tapestries for Stirling Castle. It will also trace the work of the Studio, part of the Edward James Foundation based near Chichester, West Sussex, and its involvement with modern and contemporary British artists and the show will include important examples of their work.

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17 Apr - 01 Jun 2013 Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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