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Sew Near -Sew Far

The new collaboration Sew Near – Sew Far with the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth began in July. Community groups, volunteers and local people from Haworth are being invited to add their name to this major new artwork which will go on display along the Brontë Way this autumn.

Sew Near – Sew Far, a collaboration with Brontë Parsonage Museum will see three large-scale, textile artworks along the Brontë Way celebrating the famous signatures of the Brontë sisters. Local people are being given the chance to add their own signature in a series of workshops with the artist. The installation itself will be a joint effort with Andrew Wood and his team of Worth Valley Young Farmers Club’s – the award winning Fields of Vision.

The artworks form part of Brontë200, a five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of four of the Brontës: Charlotte in 2016, Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.

Signatures are an important marker of identity and the Brontë sisters famously used pseudonyms at their time of writing to disguise the fact they were women. I’m creating three artworks for Brontë Parsonage Museum exploring the adopted and real signatures of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë and I’m looking for local people to help me create them by sewing their own signatures into the pieces.

We’re looking for individuals and organisations that make a difference to their community. The workshops in Haworth will take place on Tuesday 25 July 3-5pm and 6-8pm and Tuesday 15 August 3-5pm and 6-8pm at The Old School Room opposite the Parsonage. For more details visit,

Sew Near – Sew Far goes on display at sites along the Brontë Way from 30 September to 15 October and is part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage that sees artists partner with museums in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections. A film documenting the collaboration with Brontë Parsonage Museum will be screened later in the year too.

For more information about Sew Near – Sew Far, visit

For more information about Meeting Point2, visit

For more information, images or interview requests, please contact or call 07948 563 612.

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage (, Meeting Point2 presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to the venue.




Published: 19th July 2017


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