What to see this week: fol­low­ing the thread

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Chris Ofili: Weav­ing Magic

is at the Na­tional Gallery, Sun­ley Room, Trafal­gar Square, Lon­don WC2, un­til Au­gust 28 (020–7747 2885; www.na­tion­al­gallery. org.uk). This ex­hi­bi­tion is ded­i­cated to the Turner Prize-win­ning artist’s first tapestry de­sign, which was com­mis­sioned by the Cloth­work­ers’ Com­pany for its hall in the City of Lon­don and com­pleted this year. Hand-wo­ven by mas­ter weavers at the Dove­cot Tapestry Stu­dio in Ed­in­burgh, The Caged Bird’s Song (de­tail, above) can be seen along­side Chris Ofili’s prepara­tory de­sign and sketches for the project; the trip­tych re­flects his in­ter­est in Clas­si­cal mythol­ogy, as well as the sto­ries, magic and colour of his na­tive Trinidad.

Tapestry: Here & Now

is at the Hol­burne Mu­seum, Great Pul­teney Street, Bath, un­til Oc­to­ber 1 (01225 388569; www. hol­burne.org). Aiming to demon­strate that the medium is well and truly alive to­day, this ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures con­tem­po­rary ta­pes­tries by an in­ter­na­tional mix of artists ex­plor­ing aes­thetic, po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal themes. Cu­ra­tor of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts Ca­trin Jones says: ‘They re­mind us that tapestry is any­thing but tra­di­tional: it’s cre­ative and colour­ful and can tell ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries about how we see the world around us.’ Shown along­side these con­tem­po­rary works is Ed­ward Mcknight Kauf­fer’s Arts tapestry (1934–5) from the mu­seum’s own col­lec­tion, on pub­lic dis­play for the first time.

Daugh­ters of Pene­lope

will be at Dove­cot Gallery, 10, In­fir­mary Street, Ed­in­burgh, from July 20 un­til Jan­uary 20, 2018 (0131–550 3660; www.dove­cot­stu­dios.com). This ex­hi­bi­tion looks at the work of key women weavers and artists who have contributed to the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Dove­cot Tapestry Stu­dio. Artists in­clude El­iz­a­beth Black­ad­der, Julie Brook, Caro­line Dear, Erin M. Ri­ley and Naomi Robert­son.

Also at Dove­cot, un­til March 17, 2018, is ‘Built in Tapestry: Dove­cot Ta­pes­tries and Ar­chi­tec­ture’, fo­cus­ing on ta­pes­tries wo­ven in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lead­ing artists for bold ar­chi­tec­tural projects such as global com­pany head­quar­ters, univer­sity build­ings and pri­vate homes. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes pho­tog­ra­phy and film from re­cent ma­jor col­lab­o­ra­tions with Ali­son Watt (the Theatre Royal in Glas­gow) and Vic­to­ria Crowe (The Leathersellers’ Com­pany in Lon­don).

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