Textile art exclusive

Turkpike Gallery exhibition
Turkpike Gallery exhibition

Two leading figures in the field of art textiles are at the centre of the latest exhibition at Leigh’s Turnpike Gallery.

Polly Binns and Anne Morrell’s Light and Line showcases both their dedication to stitch and fascination with landscape.

Martyn Lucas, WLCT’s Visual Arts Officer, said: “We are delighted to showcase two different exhibitions of contemporary textiles that we hope will delight our visitors.

“This is another example of how the Turnpike Gallery shares with local people the vibrancy and creativity of nationally-recognised artists alongside emerging local and regional makers.”

The two artists met more than 30 years ago, and despite having very different career histories and working methods, both use stitch as the central component in the development of their images and ideas.

The pair also share a fascination with the light and texture of landscape and this is the only showing of their new work in the North West.

Complementing Light and Line is an exhibition called Make a Cup of Tea, Put a Record On by Manchester-based artist Seleena Laverne Daye.

Seleena also works with textiles but in a very different way.

Inspired by popular culture, the pieces come straight from Seleena’s prized possessions when she was growing up. From her favourite records to well-thumbed books.

Her work is sculpted and made from felt, a material that is often connected with childhood making and doing.

The aim is to add to the work’s nostalgic feel, reminding viewers that it’s the things they love that make them who they are.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) manages the gallery on behalf of Wigan Council.

The exhibitions open this Saturday with a free drop-in family workshop from 11am to 2pm, and continues until the end of March.