Tapestry Studio

One of the only professional tapestry studios in the UK

Since 1976 the Tapestry Studio has worked with contemporary artists and designers to translate their images into woven tapestry. Since weaving 23 tapestries for The Henry Moore Foundation, 1976 - 1987, the Studio has worked with artists John Piper, Howard Hodgkin, Eileen Agar, Matty Grunberg, Philip Sutton, Bill Jacklin and Adrian Berg.

More recently the studio created five tapestries with Tracey Emin and worked with Martin Creed on, Work No.1683 for What's the point of it? at the Hayward Gallery. As well as artists, the Tapestry Studio has produced work for clients including the Houses of Parliament, The Mercers Company, The White Cube Gallery and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

It has extensive experience of heritage tapestry projects, including The Hunt of the Unicorn, a series of seven tapestries based on 15th century originals commissioned by Historic Scotland. It was the biggest weaving project undertaken in the UK for 100 years, involved 18 international weavers and took 13 years to complete in 2015.

Latest News

West Dean Tapestry Symposium 2017

Contemporary Art and Tapestry - Artists Meet Their Makers

19 April 2017, The Old Library, West Dean College, 11am - 6pm

West Dean Tapestry Studio Symposium focuses on the relationship between art and craft, as well as questioning the role of making and the maker in contemporary practice.

This symposium will explore how collaborations between artists and makers can inform each other's practice, through a number of speakers, including artists currently working with the Tapestry Studio. It will explore how tapestry can tap into a the current interest in skill-based making in contemporary art.

Find out more and book online

Artists Meet their Makers

Tuesday 4 April - Saturday 1 July 2017 - University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

West Dean Tapestry Studio is delighted to announce a new exhibition that will shine a light on both artist and Master Weaver with equal intensity and explore how a dialogue and language is established between both parties. Works, samples and the development of colour palettes on display will include commissions with leading contemporary artists Tracey Emin, Michael Brennand-Wood and Henry Moore.

Learn more about Artist Meet their Makers exhibition

Project Gallery

Artist: Tracey Emin, weavers: Caron Penney and Philip Sanderson. The tapestry was shown at COLLECT 2011, at the Saatchi Gallery
West Dean Tapestry Studio was commissioned to weave a unique piece of textile art Called Play, designed by British designer Faye Toogood. The tapestry formed part of Faye Toogood’s Furniture and Coats Roly-Poly Assemblage No. 4, to be exhibited at the Internazionale Salone del Mobile.
Nowhere, woven by Philip Sanderson’s was produced for Sheffield Museum’s Exhibition ‘Can Art Save Us?’ and is one of only 4 works commissioned by the museum.
The tapestries for Stirling Castle were woven by the West Dean Tapestry Studio working alongside Historic Scotland and the Historic Scotland Foundation. It took three weavers, Caron Penney, Katharine Swailes and Jo Howard, a total of 16,647 working hours to complete this one tapestry over three and a half years.
Designed and woven by Philip Sanderson.
Adrian Berg woven by West Dean Tapestry Studio

Open Studios

You are invited to view West Dean Tapestry Studio and meet the weavers at our open Studios on Wednesdays 1.30-2pm. Groups are asked to book in advance please.

Please phone the Studio beforehand to make appointments and check that it will be open. Tel 01243 818233 or 811301


For details on commissioning a tapestry, or to buy a tapestry
please contact Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise.

Tel +44 (0)1243 818262
Email alison.baxter@westdean.org.uk

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West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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