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Art Exhibition, Sat 6 - Mon 29 May 2017, free entry




Chapel Road,


This small mixed exhibition explores Text in Textile Art.

Renowned textile artist Sara Impey makes artworks based on the repetitive techniques of quilt making. Local artist, Eliza Kentridge, will be exhibiting her ongoing project of outdoor, instructive signs from her travels, recreated in stitch and brought indoors. Wivenhoe resident Kate Lammin will be exhibiting her collages made up of her own deconstructed poetry, which marvel in the free form of the typewritter. As well as slab-built, text based ceramics by Hanne Mannheimer and texturally interesting hand built ceramics by Julie O’Sullivan.

Sara Impey’s background is newspaper journalism, but she has been making quilts for most of her adult life. Her work features stitched lettering using free-motion machine embroidery. The inclusion of text both as a design element and a tool for communication opens up an inexhaustible area of expressive potential. She uses the quilt surface to play with language through texture, pattern and colour, while exploring contemporary issues, sometimes with a dash of humour. She writes her own material. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in several public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.

She lives and works in Coggeshall.

In this exhibition, Eliza Kentridge presents some examples from an ongoing project, whereby she notices, photographs and then remakes in fabric signs found in public places in Wivenhoe and further afield. She pays attention to the words we see unthinkingly around us, that regulate our behaviour, inform us or entertain us. She brings these signs indoors, using a mixture of felt and fine or found cotton cloth, building on her increasing use of discarded or recycled materials. Other pieces use her own words, some of which are lines of poems from her collection, SIGNS FOR AN EXHIBITION, published in 2015. Certain works also demonstrate her rediscovered pleasure in embroidery, which, as her poems attest, she has been interested in since childhood.

Wivenhoe artist, Kate Lammin, trained as a painter but has continuously experimented with different media. In her current work she is drawn to the transparency and delicacy of handmade Japanese papers. As a poet, words, in their form, sound and pattern provide an endless inspiration. Much like Sara Impey uses stitch as an extended writing tool, Kate Lammin’s work explores using a typewriter in the way one would use a paintbrush.

To compliment the intricate needlework, Hanne Mannheimer and Julie O’Sullivan present their textural ceramics.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopAccepts groups

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Dates Times
Sat 6 - Mon 29 May 2017
Open Wednesday to Sunday
10am to 5pm


Free entry

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Map reference: TM 038216  Lat: 51.85620 Long: 0.95860

Travelling via Colchester, from the A133 turn right to Wivenhoe, come past Essex University follow the road down in to Wivenhoe and bear right at the mini-roundabout (Wivenhoe Cross) by the Premier shop. Continue down the high street, opposite the Greyhound pub on the left is the public car park on the right. Turn right into Clifton Terrace, enter the car park on right. Opposite the entrance to the car park is Chapel Road, it is an unmade road so please park beforehand and walk to gallery on foot. If you are disabled you are welcome to park directly outside the gallery so long as it does not block the use of Chapel Road.

There are hourly trains to and from London Liverpool Street Station. If you are travelling via train, leave Wivenhoe railway station turn left up Station Road at end turn left onto the high street, take the next left onto Chapel Road a stony unmade road and The Sentinel Gallery is on the right.
Bus numbers 62 and 62a will deliver you to Wivenhoe. Bus stops are situated along the High Street and at the railway station.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Wivenhoe station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups