Stitch Your Story
We are proud to present in partnership with Thackray Museum of Medicine our new reflective embroidery project. We invite you to share your story through stitch in our new exciting project 'STITCH YOUR STORY', inspired by the life and embroidered words of Mary Frances Heaton. Join us to create your own sampler as we explore identity through creative words and expressive embroidery. Starts 5th May 2021. Contact Red to get involved!
Plans are afoot for our Yorkshire Tour 2022. We plan to visit Yorkshire towns: Wakefield, Halifax, Leeds and Doncaster to deliver our activities based around: Live Opera performance of The Unravelling Fantasia of Miss H./ Radical embroidery Workshops/ Installation and documenting exhibition.
Watch this space for further information.
Mary’s story and our Opera hit the Press!
Mary’s ‘extreme lockdown’ story has enjoyed some exposure through 2020 with articles in the Guardian, Observer, Yorkshire Post and Wakefield Express!
Interview with Sarah Cobham Director of Dream Time Creative
Interview with Red Gray Artistic Director of Stitched-up-theatre
In November 2020 a Blue Plaque was unveiled in Wakefield on the site of the
old Clock Tower situated in the centre of what used to be the Asylum grounds
in honour of Mary Frances Heaton (See image attached). This was due to the
hard work and commitment of our Wakefield partners Dream Time Creative
and their collaboration with Wakefield Civic Society.
Here is the online event which commemorated the day.
During Lockdown our 2020 Yorkshire Tour was postponed and in its place we reached audiences through the production of an audioplay – featured on Opera North’s Together Arts website and broadcast on East Leeds FM/Chapel FM Radio
Unable to visit in person, we engaged with our Women’s community workshop participants through online expressive embroidery tutorials and the sending out of embroidery packs designed by Lola– see workshop page for the some of the beautiful work which resulted from women stitching in lockdown.