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Exhibitions and Events

RSN in-house exhibitions
Samplers - January to July 2014 -  Book your place
This exhibition will show examples of the RSN’s Collection of samplers in all techniques. It will include the traditional letters and numbers samplers starting in the 18th century, map samplers, pattern samplers and technical stitch samplers in techniques such as metal thread embroidery. There will also be samplers in different formats such as made into rolls comprising sections featuring both embroidery stitches and sewing techniques that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century for girls’ education. There will also be examples of patterns and designs from the RSN paintroom relating to samplers produced by the RSN over its history.

Summer Exhibition of Certificate and Diploma Students’ Work
8-13 July, RSN Studio on the East Front of Hampton Court Palace
On display will be work from across all our satellite teaching centres and Hampton Court. (The exhibition takes place during the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show week so why not combine the two events).

Inspired by the Garden - September 2014 to March 2015
Without doubt flowers, along with birds, butterflies and other elements of the garden have been the most frequent subject for embroidery. This exhibition will feature work from the RSN Collection along with contemporary pieces by RSN students that have all been inspired by the natural world in a wide variety of techniques. Historical pieces start from the 18th century and the exhibition will come right up to date with pieces submitted for the Degree, Certificate and Diploma in summer 2014.


RSN external exhibtions

Spring ICHF Creative Stitches Shows
3 – 5 April at ExCeL, London  Stand LS14
Further information

Spring Exhibition, RSN Bristol satellite
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April, 10am – 4pm

If you’re in the Bristol area don’t miss seeing RSN Bristol students' work as part of Tutor Kelley Aldridge’s Spring Exhibition.  It’s a great way to find out about the Certificate and Diploma courses on offer at our Bristol venue.
Venue: 38 Old School House, Kingswood Estate, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB

Degree students' End of Year Show at UCA Farnham
22 May - 9 June 2014.  9.30am – 4.30pm daily
University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS

Degree students at New Designers Part I
25 - 28 June 2014 on Stand T53. 10am - 5.30pm (late opening to 8pm on Thursdays)
Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 OQH
See the best work from our Degree students
Further information

Summer Exhibition, RSN Rugby satellite
1-11 July 2014
Venue:  Rugby Art Gallery & Library, Little Elborow Street, Rugby CV21 3BZ

RSN CE Dr Susan Kay-Williams is giving two lectures on Tuesday 1 July to coincide with this exhibition of RSN Rugby students’ work :
•    3pm - 4pm:  With just a Needle & Thread   •    7pm - 8pm:  Treasures of the Royal School of Needlework
Cost:  £5 per person per lecture.
Booking:  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Rugby Visitor Centre on +44(0)1788 533217.

Black, White and Colour at Cumberland Lodge: July to November
Focusing on blackwork, whitework and silk shading techniques our exhibition will include work by students from across all our courses, mixed with RSN Collection pieces.   More details to follow.

Knitting and Stitching Shows
9 -12 October - Alexandra Palace, London
30 October - 2 November - RDS Dublin
20 - 23 November - HIC Harrogate




1953 Coronation Robe sampler

Contact details

To discuss events, exhibitions and the loan of RSN Collection pieces contact:

E: Jane Hitchinson
T: +44(0)20 3166 6936


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