Goldwork at the British Museum


Gold Embroidery Art Installation at the British Museum  — Public Invited to Collaborate with Artist to Create Celebration of Ancient Scythians. 

Hand Embroidery Artist Hanny Newton is creating an interactive public art piece where visitors will contribute to adorning a life size horse with gold creations of their own.  Hanny is running free drop in workshops on Thursday 12th October and Friday 13th October 2017 in the Great Court of the British Museum (London WC1B 3DG ) Visitors of all ages and abilities will have the chance to try their hand at the art of goldwork embroidery and contribute to a Scythian inspired horse sculpture which will be displayed in the British Museum For the duration of the exhibition. This is part of an array of activities that will take part on Friday 13th October between 6pm and 9pm as part of a special late event that breathes modern life into the ancient cultures of Siberia with music, performances and creative responses to the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia.


Hanny’s installation draws on the Scytian’s love of gold and of horses, taking inspiration from the swirling motifs of objects in the ‘Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia exhibition. From traditional gold thread couching techniques, to beads and sequins and even gold illustrations, visitors will be able to learn new skills and contribute to the piece. The horse will gather gold throughout the event, inspired by elaborate headdresses Scythians created for their horses. Sculpture created by artist Beatrix Baker.


Scythian inspired gold hand embroidered pieces by the artist will also be available in the museum’s giftshop:



 Hanny is a hand embroidery artist trained at the Royal School of Needlework and Falmouth University. She specialises in contemporary metal thread work. She loves to take inspiration from the rich tradition of embroidery and use this to find her own contemporary approach to hand stitch. She works from her studio in Shropshire and exhibits and teaches nationwide. 

Hanny Newton: 07511284353

Goldwork  Embroidery Materials Kindly Provided by Benton and Johnson


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