The Battle of Lewes Tapestry, which has taken some 60 embroiderers more than two years to complete, is in the process of being mounted and framed in readiness for its public unveiling on May 14.
Its designer, Tom Walker, is also involved in other aspects of the broader project, creating logos and helping to plan a community artwork with Daniel Fagan as part of his Chalk Life project at Landport Bottom, part of the battle site.
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Tom is also a pastel artist and will be exhibiting many works in two forthcoming exhibitions in Lewes.
‘Elephants, Dancers, a Horse, Snookers and Others in the Room’ will be shown at The House of Friendship, School Hill, from March 28 until April 30, weekdays 10am-1.30pm, with an Open Weekend on April 26 and 27 (10am-4pm).
This is where Tom used to play snooker and was inspired to create his Snooker in the Frame series of 147 pictures cocking a snook at the game.
The second exhibition, ‘Secrets of the Dust 3 and Knowtrash’, will be at the Foundry Gallery, North Street, from July 12-27, daily 10am-5pm.
It will be the third and last time Tom, his students and guests, will be able to hold their pastel festival in this huge space because it is due to be demolished in 2015. They will be joined by Knowtrash, who are exhibiting artworks and artefacts from their extraordinary collection made from upcycled materials by artists and craftsmen from all over the globe, as a supplement to their main exhibition ‘Treasure from Trash’ at the Linklater Pavilion from July 6 until August 31.
As always, the Foundry Gallery event will be one huge continuous pastel workshop where anyone of any age can try pastels for themselves on the great walls of paper. School groups are welcome and Knowtrash will be doing three workshops.
Tom is a member of the Pastel Society UK with whom he is showing work in the Mall Galleries, London, Bournemouthand Aldeburgh this year.
Alongside Paul Harrison, Tom has created artwork for Arthur Brown’s latest album Zimzamzim, the originals of which will be on show at the Foundry Gallery.