A CAGED BIRD SINGS IN LONDON

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Sometimes an art snack can be just as fulfilling as a fully curated gallery-wide meal, and a one room, one piece, exhibit in London ’s National Portrait Gallery is proving that theory.

Turner prize-winning artist Chris Ofili’s The Caged Bird’s Song is a 24 ft wide and 8ft high tapestry triptych showcased in The Sunley Room at the gallery set just off Trafalgar Square.

This free to view exhibit is shown in a room where the lighting has been lowered in order to make the spot lit tapestry almost glow in the space.  The woven cloth is hung against a grisaille mural of swaying curvaceous dancers that covers every wall from floor to ceiling.

The tapestry, which has been rendered from the artist’s studies in watercolour that are also on display as is a film of how the tapestry was made. The finished piece is the work of five master weavers at Edinburgh’s Dovecot Tapestry Studio, one of just two handweaving tapestry studios left in the UK. It was commissioned by the City of London’s Clothworkers’ Company and it took the weavers two and a half years to create.

The tapestry was designed to be on permanent display in the dining hall of the Clothworkers’ Company Hall in the City of London.

A CAGED BIRD SINGS IN LONDON

A CAGED BIRD SINGS IN LONDON

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