Shaped by Time - Richard McVetis5th April - 30th July 2022
UK Solo show at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.
We are pleased to announce the first solo show of artist Richard McVetis at the acclaimed Crafts Study
Centre. Richard McVetis: Shaped by time, an exploration of time and space through process and repetition,
brings together a collection of work that includes drawing, sculpture, and textiles.
Labour of Love - Hole & CornerFor issue 22 of Hole & Corner magazine I was interviewed by Craig McLean.
“The descendant of Lithuanian immigrants turned miners, embroiderer Richard McVetis’s fascinating family history, deeply imbedded in the coal industry, has formed the background and basis of his latest complex and extraordinary work, Coal Seams”
Words by Craig McLean Photographs by Sam Walton
Definitions of Drawing at Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds25 September - 14 November 2021
Curated by Courtney Spencer, Definitions of Drawing is an exhibition bringing together the work of fifteen artists who interrogate the medium of drawing through their practices.
The exhibition features work by artists: Jenny West, Hondartza Fraga, Chris Leach, Rosie Vohra, Sabine Jeanne Bieli, Phill Hopkins, Richard Scott, Joshua Pell, Lisa Marie Dickinson, Yolanda McKean, Rachel Brown, Ruth Richmond, Sue Mann, Si Smith, and Richard McVetis.
The exhibition has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England and will be accompanied by drawing workshops and a panel discussion.
CRAFT by Residency // London Craft WeekTickets via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169301989809
Connected ClothThis autumn, artist Richard McVetis will be showing brand new work in an exhibition by the 62 Group of Textile Artists as part of the 2021 British Textile Biennial. The theme of this year’s events focuses on the global context of textiles, textile production, and the relationships it creates historically and now.
Richard has created two works for this exhibition, ‘Coal seams’ and ‘A Portrait of Coal.’
The work examines his family connection to material and place; and brings to the surface a story of migration,
race, and class.
The artworks for this exhibition were selected by a panel including Jenny Rutter, Director at Super Slow Way
and the British Textile Biennial, and Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Director of Craftspace.
Monochrome at Ruthin Craft Centre28 May – 17 July 2021
I'm delighted to be showing work at the Ruthin Craft Centre, curated by Gregory Parsons.
MONOCHROME is a cross genre exhibition that highlights the subtleties of line, mark, form, and texture. The show includes work by several artists including @mattsmithart , @streets_avenues , @matthewwarner_ , @katharineswailes, and @annagravelle @ekta_kaul
Cockpit Summer FestivalHolborn: 25 – 27 June
Deptford: 2 – 4 July
Studios open: Friday 12 noon – 8pm, Saturday – Sunday, 12 noon to 6pm
Online:21 June – 4 July
A ticket system will be implemented to ensure the capacity of the building remains within covid-safe guidelines.
Entry will not be permitted without a ticket.
Entry to Holborn and Deptford studios is free but with pre-booked tickets only.
Please book for every day and location you wish to attend.
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25 - 27 June
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2 - 4 July
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Toast Renewal AuctionAs part of our ongoing partnership with Crafts Council UK, we asked eight experienced textile artists from across the world to renew a few TOAST pieces from our archive collection. Using remnant fabric and faulty garments from production, each piece has been repaired, renewed and transformed using a variety of textile techniques.
In keeping with each maker’s unique style and artistic approach, the garments have been renewed with great attention to detail - from hand embroidered collars and patchworking to visible mending and appliquéd shapes.
The finished pieces will be auctioned online from 14 - 21 May, with all proceeds being donated to Crafts Council UK. Below, we discuss each of the renewed garments in detail ahead of the auction.
Workshop | Stitch with Richard McVetis by Crafted VancouverOnline Event
Saturday, May 22, 2021 6.00PM - 8.30PM BST
Join Richard McVetis for a hand embroidery workshop and explore the potential of stitch as a method of mark-making.
Crafted Conversations: Richard McVetis | The Potential of Stitch by Crafted VancouverOnline Event
Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST
Join Richard McVetis and moderator Isabelle Fish of Rue Pigalle for a conversation about the potential of stitch.
Art & Ideas: Stitching Workshop with Richard McVetisAPRIL 17th 2021
Join us for a one-day workshop of stitching with textile artist Richard McVetis. In this workshop, you will learn traditional hand embroidery techniques and create your own stitched piece.
The day will begin with a tour of the House, looking at the textiles and embroidery in the collection. You will learn how to work a stitch in different threads and to change its scale and spacing, to combine stitches, to mark-make and draw. The workshop will explore the tenderness, slowness and rhythms of hand stitching.
Practical help will be given and no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques is needed. You will come away with a unique and beautiful stitched piece.
Of Time and Place23-25.10.20
Of Time and Place, a virtual exhibition opens a dialogue for artists to express their responses to the COVID 19 pandemic. It asks how enforced restrictions have led to a heightened awareness of immediate surroundings and opens a space for dialogue around virtual experience and new relationships formed during lockdown.
ReDesign Business / Online Workshophttps://redesign-business.com/
Join Richard McVetis as he explores three different traditional hand embroidery techniques as well as the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching.
ReDesign Business is a new kind of festival of ideas for navigating the challenges ahead where our experts will talk business from a designer's playbook and our workshops will illuminate new ways of road mapping possible futures where design and business meet.
Curated by Propela and made possible by the Design Council, ReDesign Business is a new talks programme set to launch alongside London Design Festival 2020.
Late at Tate BritainJoin Richard McVetis for an online embroidery workshop, where he shares his practice which focuses on multidisciplinary themes such as technology, time, and labour. In the workshop, he will show you some basic stitches and introduce you to his practice. He will show the strength and versatility of using embroidery for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in taking time to make.
Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis, with special guest Celia PymThursday 30 July 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
For this online masterclass, Richard McVetis has drawn on his love of stitching, paying attention to time and labour, while exploring the process in conversation with fellow artist Celia Pym.
The Skill of Narrative & Stitched TextilesPOSTPONED
The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles, the third talk in their popular annual lecture series at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This lecture will introduce 62 Group members Emily Jo Gibbs and Richard McVetis and their respective projects The Value of Making and The Potential of Stitch.
Winter Open Studios29th November - 1st December 2019
Unique opportunity to come and look around my studio at Cockpit Arts Holborn.
Studio E2Q, Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London.
Public Opening Times
Fri 11-8pm | Sat & Sun 11-6pm
Tickets on the Door
RE-NEW30.10 - 03.11.2019 Kettles Yard, Cambridge
TOAST, the clothing and lifestyle brand, has commissioned a group of artists in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard to re-work worn garments and fabrics, turning them into something unique and unexpected. The display aims to promote the idea that clothes can have a life beyond their first wearer; creatively supporting a lower carbon lifestyle.
The participating artists are: Abigail Booth (Forest & Found), Alice Fox, Richard McVetis, Hannah Robson and Sophie Rowley.
RE-NEW coincides with the launch of TOAST Circle, their national clothes exchange project.
Research space display.
DAVID GATES IN DIALOGUE16.08-12.10.2019 Make Hauser & Wirth
Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to present ‘David Gates: in dialogue’, an exploration of containment, materiality, and the desire to collect, assemble, order and display. David Gates combines studio-furniture making with formal research, creating three-dimensional pieces inspired by cabinet furniture.
In recent work Gates has focussed on the cabinet of curiosities, the collecting cabinet as an interface between furniture, people, architecture, and material culture. In keeping with this theme, Jacqueline Moore, the Director of Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, together with David Gates have invited a selection of international artist-makers to submit works for display around the cabinets. Responses include objects in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal and mixed media, which invite investigation into the spaces they occupy, as well as the materials they employ.
Collaborators include: Andrea Walsh, Derek Wilson, Helen Carnac, Harry Morgan, Ismini Samanidou, Katie Spragg, Mr Smith, Mark Reddy, Matthew Day Jackson, Neil Brownsword, Paul Adie, Romilly Saumarez Smith, Richard McVetis, Rosa Nguyen and James Shaw.
COS - SERIES IV EXHIBITION28.07-17.11.2019 COS at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London.
Richard was invited to created three limited edition prints and two embroidered works for COS, these are exclusively available to purchase at King’s Cross store, London. A curated space where art and their collection coexist.
About the work:
Worked from aerial light patterns of cities at night, abstracted so that each ink dot or stitch represents an individual light. These drawings depict the pattern created at a macro scale by humans and our interaction with the landscape. Cities from this vantage point allude to something cellular or celestial, it offers a new perspective of the cities in which we live, underlining the reshaping of our relationship of the built environment.
CONSTRUCT20.07-15.08.2019 Sunny Bank Mills, Farlsey.
Richard is currently showing 'Landscape' in the latest exhibition by The 62 Group of Textile Artists. The 62 Group of Textile Artists are an artist-led organisation with an international membership challenging the boundaries of contemporary textile practice.
In this exhibition members build and assemble ambitious and innovative textile works responding to the theme ‘CONSTRUCT’
CONSTRUCT. 1 to put together substances or parts systematically; build; assemble. 2 to frame
mentally (an argument, sentence etc.). 3 Geom. to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain
requirements are satisfied. 4 something formulated or built systematically. 5 a complex idea
resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas.
Members are open to submit works that respond to the theme of CONSTRUCT
Institute of MakingRichard was invited to run a masterclass at the UCL Institute of Making. For this workshop McVetis drew on his love of stitching, paying attention to time, labour and care to develop a day of stitching. The workshop explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, taking inspiration from the textures and patterns found in the Institute of Making materials library. Participants explores the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making; and the pleasure in having time to make.
This workshop is part of the Festival of Stuff.
Jerwood Drawing Prize: The Big DrawAs a shortlisted artist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016, I was invited to run a practical drop-in drawing project at the Jerwood Space London. This project was part of The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival.
In my workshop, ‘The Drawn Thread’, I worked with participants to explore the enormous scope and versatility of drawing through stitch. Creating textures and patterns by working a stitch in different threads, playing with scale and spacing, and combining mark-making techniques. The workshop encouraged an experimental approach to stitch that drew on the imagination of each participant.
Image: Hydar Dewachi