Britney Fraser: Ney Botha Hen

Tue – Sat, 10am – 4pm

Opening event 6 July, 12 – 3pm

Redcar Palace

A solo exhibition of rag rugs and sculptural works by Northumberland-based artist Britney Fraser.

Britney Fraser first showed work with Redcar Palace in its 2023 exhibition Thread Counts, and has remained a friend of the gallery since then, running workshops and demonstrating her rag rug knowledge to new audiences.

Ney Botha Hen gives visitors the chance to experience past and present works alongside a new large scale rug commission that incorporates a sea shanty by Saltburn-based writer Carmen Marcus, focusing on how fishing boats in Redcar are made.

Fraser uses rag rugs to explore her upbringing, and the dialects, colloquialisms and familiar cultural voices that surround her. Her choice of fabrics and other materials further represent her North East heritage and the mining communities around Northumberland, utilising everyday textiles like towels, dishcloths, and tarpaulin. With these materials she also speaks of the domesticity and the undervalued labour associated with it.

The text based rugs in the exhibition are part of a series titled In Conversation, which ‘comments on the way others talk and use dialect to express themselves’. Britney’s work is both very personal and very open, and these text pieces create conversations between themselves, shouting, insulting, empowering each other and investigating themes of tension, betrayal and the bonds of family with select pieces using her family’s handwriting to capture the phrases.

Britney Fraser graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in Fine Art in 2023, and has since shown work across the country, extending the reach of rag rugs further afield. Ney Botha Hen showcases selected pieces from her degree, reflecting on how her current material choices are based on early experimental decisions.

The Palace Hub 28 - 29 Esplanade Redcar TS10 3AE

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Until 31 August 2024

FREE

  • Tue 10am – 4pm
  • Wed 10am – 4pm
  • Thu 10am – 4pm
  • Fri 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm
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