In addition to the permanent exhibits at the Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, we also have a wide variety of interesting and exciting exhibitions throughout the year. These exhibitions are housed on the middle floor of the Mill building.
There is no additional charge to enter the exhibitions, since the cost is included in our normal admission rates.
Watch this space for details of 2020’s exciting range of exhibitions and activities throughout the year.
Exhibition: Sat 1 February to Sun 8 March 2020
Art at the Mill
An exhibition by members of the local Redditch Art Circle
Redditch Art Circle are extremely proud to be showcasing the talents of their members who are local artists from Redditch and the surrounding areas. The exhibition shows a diversity of subject matter and a variety of mediums from pastels, paintings and pottery to needle felt art. The groups have produced between them an outstanding body of work – a real inspiration for all budding artists.
At various dates/times during the exhibition, members of the group will be demonstrating in the gallery. See: Demonstration Schedule (pdf)
The Redditch Art Circle was formed over 43 years ago after local artist Norman Neasom thought art demonstrations and tuition should be made available to the general public – not just college students. The group remains faithful to the original principals, with all members having a passion for art and a commitment to encouraging people to engage in the creative process. The society holds regular professional art demonstrations, workshops and art related social trips. The Art Circle actively welcomes new members – from enthusiasts and beginners to professionals. Anyone is welcome to join and participate.
Read more on the Redditch Art Circle website
Exhibition: Fri 13 March to Sun 19 April 2020
An exhibition by James Fox
In this exhibition, James uses his art to challenge our expectations regarding gender roles, work, culture and other aspects of our social and personal lives. He has been a keen observer of the political and economic shifts over the past thirty years and is driven to investigate and comment on the serious subjects of class divide, trade union history and the need for disenfranchised groups to have equality.
Primarily using machine embroidery and reverse applique techniques, James revels in the juxtaposition of pattern with theme to create wall hangings in a variety of sizes.
He has created an exhibition that is visually stunning, intelligent and thought- provoking.
Read more on the James Fox Textiles website
Exhibition: Fri 24 April to Sun 31 May 2020
Fabric of Life
An exhibition by Threaded Together Textile Group
The group consists of five textile artists: Stephanie Crawford, Dorothy Deane, Sandra Newton, Marion Roberson and Paula Simpson. Their concept for this body of work is to reflect their own life journey and to echo that in what they create.
Each fabric has been carefully chosen for the individual emotion it provokes in relation to the weave, the handle of the fibre, colour and design. The exhibition includes themes relating to the natural world, literary inspiration and vintage fabrics. This is an inspirational exhibition for all textile enthusiasts.
The members’ work has toured in exhibition with the contemporary Quilt Group both in the UK and Europe, with SAQA IN Europe and the US. Members also exhibit at CQ WEST and have won prizes at the Festival of Quilts.
Exhibition: Fri 5 June to Sun 19 July 2020
An exhibition by Sandra Meech
Sandra is very well known for all her art/textile work on the Polar Regions having taught and exhibited internationally and published several books on this theme. This exhibition is the culmination of her 20 years of focus on the Arctic and Inuit culture in Northern Canada.
Her striking textile work is a celebration of the magnificent glaciers and icebergs of the Antarctic and Iceland that she has seen on her travels. Importantly Sandra has also captured the effects of climate change in all these regions, reflecting this in her artwork.
This exhibition captures the beauty, amazing colours and uniqueness of the Arctic lands.
Read more on the Sandra Meech website
Exhibition: Sat 25 July to Tue 1 September 2020
A Journey Into Marvel
An exhibition by Lee Bradley
Lee Bradley is one of the top comic book artists in the country. He has worked on many of the iconic superheroes and best loved characters of our generation like Spiderman, Transformers, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
His work is influenced by the classic Marvel and DC artwork from his childhood. This is a great chance to see Lee’s powerful and vibrant work close up as well as an opportunity to buy some of his original artwork.
Read more on the Lee Bradley website
Exhibition: Sat 5 September to Sun 25 October 2020
An exhibition by the Stitch in the Middle Group
The Stitch in the Middle Group is a group of contemporary quilt artists who are all members of the specialist group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
The theme for this year’s exhibition was based on an inspirational tour of Coventry Cathedral with a guide who focused on the art of that iconic building. The theme was then widened to include other sacred spaces. This exhibition shows how a group of talented textile artists responded to an emotive subject in a unique and dramatic way.
Read more on the Contemporary Quilt website
Exhibition: Wed 28 October to Sun 22 November 2020
75 Years Ago: The End of World War II
An exhibition by the Redditch Local History Society
In 1945 Redditch, along with communities throughout the world, heaved a sigh of relief after six years of conflict, and celebrated the end of the Second World War. This is, arguably, the most important event in the living history of Redditch and to mark this momentous time the Redditch Local History Society exhibition looks at this period and the part played by our town.
- A time line of events in the town using information from our local newspaper ‘The Redditch Indicator’ from 1939 to 1945 with a corresponding timeline of national and international events.
- The Redditch industries important to the war effort and War Workers who supported them.
- The local Civil Defence and Home Guard who actively defended our town.
- The Home Front – Land Girls, evacuees, food shortages and War Savings,
- A ‘Memory Wall’ of reminiscences of wartime experiences.
- Artefacts and models relating to the war celebrating the period.
- End of War Commemorations: Street parties, remembrance services, etc..
- A video marking the national/local wartime events and the end of the war.
Read associated flyer (pdf)