World Wide Weave Success in Stroud

Exhibition attracts large numbers of enthusiastic visitors

Camphill Foundation's World Wide Weave Exhibition has completed its first four week showing at Stroud Old Town Hall over the Christmas and New Year period. It attracted large numbers of visitors of all ages who marvelled at the breathtaking beauty and artistry of the work on show. It had something for everyone, including children who were captivated by the large number of animals and birds depicted in the exhibits and such quirky details as a real miniature pottery tea-set in the picture of a picnic; beaded flowers, copper leaves, ceramic butterflies and wooden birds in a seaside scene; three-dimensional felted vegetables that looked good enough to eat; and a tiny curly and stripy green South African snake hanging from a tree, complete with shiny black eyes and red tongue.

The exhibition tour was officially opened on 12th December by the Mayor of Stroud, Councillor Amanda Moriarty, in the presence of invited guests and members of the Town Council. She unveiled panel number 1, from Camphill School Aberdeen, where it all began on 1st June 1940.

Visitors have responded warmly and enthusiastically, as evidenced by innumerable entries in the visitors' book. The main points they highlighted are:

  • surprise that they did not know of the existence of Camphill
  • amazement at the size and scope of Camphill worldwide
  • welcoming a project which unites so many diverse people internationally
  • enormous admiration for the creative abilities and accomplishments of people with learning disabilities and their workshop leaders
  • the overwhelming richness of colour and imagery in the exhibits
  • the astonishing variety and detail of techniques on display
  • the life-affirming and uplifting sense of happiness and fulfilment from the photos and descriptions

Another aspect which has been mentioned by many people was put in a nutshell by one visitor who commented, "the most impressive thing is that it arises out of the experience of real community, and that's something that we all need nowadays".

The exhibition continues in Bristol at The Island Gallery, Bridewell Street, until 30th January, then will be shown in Winchester Cathedral 5th February - 3rd March, followed by Oxford North Wall Arts Centre later in March, National Wool Museum of Wales, Cambridge Central Library and Leeds Corn Exchange before arriving in London in June. It will then tour Scotland and Ireland in the second half of the year. The full detailed itinerary will be published soon and ongoing updates will be posted here on the website as they arise.