Manna House made a Tapestry inspired by Grayson Perry, whose own tapestries were on display at Abbot Hall in early 2019. Just like Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry, the Manna House Tapestry reflects ordinary and extraordinary life in Kendal, particularly for the clients of Manna House.

Lakeland Arts hired Community Artist, Donna Campbell to lead the clients, staff and volunteers of Manna House to create their own textile piece in Grayson Perry’s style. We were encouraged to stitch, paint, sew, transfer and choose our own personal meanings to be included into the fabric of this project. So much of who we are is depicted there!

The Tapestry was made over a series of workshops across Manna House and Abbot Hall Art Gallery from November 2018 to March 2019. As part of Manna House’s good neighbour scheme, all on Longpool, Ann Street and Dry Salter’s Yard were invited to drop in to Abbot Hall Gallery for a morning of stitching with textile artist, Donna Campbell, and contribute to the Tapestry. While there, neighbours and friends enjoyed free entry to the Art Gallery.

The finished tapestry now decorates and celebrates Manna House’s home on Ann Street, where it has pride of place in our gorgeous main space.
Thanks to Grayson Perry for inspiration, to all at Manna House for living and breathing this project for several months, to all the wonderful artists who contributed to this project, to Shannon Quigley whose great idea this was originally, to Lakeland Arts for believing this was a project worth exploring, and especially to Donna Campbell whose patience and talent are gifts she generously shares with us.

Donna Campbell
Nurturing Creative Potential

As a Community Artist I work with individuals, groups and organisations in the areas of Education, Well Being and Celebration. Using a wonderful range of art forms I run inclusive workshops, courses and events. With 25yrs of experience of working with all ages and abilities in many settings what I enjoy most is seeing people express themselves and grow through being involved in the creative arts.

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