What’s next for EAST?

A few months after its debut at Hyde Hall last October, EAST’s Transformation exhibition has just been packed away having had its second airing – this time in a very different space – at the rather wonderful Grundisburgh House Gallery in Suffolk.

The tranquil setting added to the experience for our visitors, and when we had quiet moments from stewarding it was lovely to soak up the sun and the calm atmosphere by the pool.

Visitors also enjoyed browsing our shop which held exhibition catalogues and greeting cards as well as artworks produced especially for the exhibition for anyone wishing to buy a smaller or more affordable piece.

It was a few months ago when I was told by two of my fellow EASTies that they’d found this great gallery with a place that looked ideal for my work – it had the perfect space: a cupboard!  Joking apart, they knew that this couldn’t have suited me better, as I had wanted to show this interactive work in a darker place to appreciate the fact that sensors turned its lights on.  It was also all the better for being in an enclosed and intimate space, the subject matter being grief.

(The height of the entrance was quite low – hence the hazard tape!)

During my stewarding sessions, I was fortunate enough to have some lovely conversations with people visiting, some of whom took their time and really engaged with the work there.

The next date in the EAST diary is 15 May 2022 – the Braintree Textile Fair, where members are giving a drop-in workshop on rag rugging.


After that, we’re taking our previous exhibition, Power of Stitch to the Babylon Arts Gallery at Ely.


When I was planning this blog post I was thinking of it as somehow bridging the gap while we’re between these two exhibitions – which for our group, is topical, since we have a working title for our next body of work that we are all in the early stages of working on – Bridging the Gap.  As the saying goes, watch this space!

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