Exhibition: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

British Library - Cornelia Parker at work on Magna Carta An Embroidery - Photograph by Joseph Turp

Exhibition dates: open until 24 July 2015

*Blogger’s disclaimer: I realise it isn’t even remotely Asian, but I expect this exhibition will be of interest to the embroiderers amongst you, and so I’m transgressing continental boundaries and posting it anyway.*

Fabricated by many hands, from prisoners and lawyers to artists and barons, Magna Carta (An Embroidery) replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on the Great Charter as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary in 2014. The Wikipedia article regularly attracts more than 150,000 page views each month and is constantly being amended by users of the website as the debate about Magna Carta and its legacy ebbs and flows.

One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Parker works in a variety of media and is well known for her sculpture and installation in which she transforms ordinary objects into compelling works of art. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997, elected a Royal Academician in 2009 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

Magna Carta (An Embroidery) was commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford in partnership with the British Library and in association with the Embroiderers’ Guild, Fine Cell Work, Hand & Lock and the Royal School of Needlework. The commission has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the John Fell OUP Research Fund.

For more information, visit the website of the British Library.

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