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Folk painting on show

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

The Nicholson Gallery and Museum

The Nicholson Gallery and Museum

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A NEW exhibition is to be unveiled at a gallery in Leek this weekend.

The Ilam Folk Painting: The Story of a Village will be at the Nicholson Institutes's Gallery from Saturday (December 15) until February 24.

Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and 18th century Swedish naive art, this 18 metre long Ilam Folk Painting depicts the amazing history of the Staffordshire village of Ilam.

From being owned by a Saxon Thane and the dissolution of the monasteries to Cromwell, Lord Byron and the present Royal family, Ilam has experienced it all.

Twelve villagers worked together to produce an heirloom for Ilam. Ilam Art Club has used an ancient painting technique from Sweden to produce the 18 metre long 'Bonad' (Swedish for decorative wall hanging).

This folk art uses egg tempera paints, home made with egg yolks and natural earth pigments.

It will be proudly displayed where, in 1885, the ladies of the Leek School of Embroidery created a beautiful copy of the Bayeux Tapestry.

A variety of activities will support this exhibition.

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