International tapestry art exhibition «ARTAPESTRY3» coming to Riga

The international tapestry art exhibition "ARTAPESTRY3" will be on show at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga from August 7 to September 7. The exhibition focuses on woven tapestry artworks.

The first international tapestry exhibition was opened in Denmark in 2005, then traveling to France and Germany. The initiator and organizer of the long-time project of international exhibitions is the European Tapestry Forum, which was established in 2001 by several European textile artists. Their aim has been to popularize the traditions of woven tapestries and the use of this technique in many aspects of contemporary art and the relevant ideological issues, to help restore the traditions of woven tapestries in a new and modern way, ensuring that this is a sustainable and timely medium of art in Europe.

Each Artapestry exhibition involves a strict and competent selection of artworks by an international jury that is always made up of representatives of various areas of art – artists, educators and curators. 87 artists submitted 150 artworks for the "ARTAPESTRY3" exhibition, and the jury chose 38 artists and 51 tapestries.

The large exhibition of textile arts will involve artists from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Scotland, the United Kingdom, Sweden. Also participating in the exhibition will be Latvian textile artist Iveta Vecanāne, and she will be exhibiting the tapestry "Dish".

The "ARTAPESTRY3" exhibition was opened in 2012 at the "Silkeborg Bad" Culture Centre in Denmark. In 2013, it was exhibited at the Central Finland Museum in Hyvaskyla, as well as the Ronneby Cultural Centre in Sweden. From January to May 2014, it was displayed at the Musée Jean Lurçat, which is named after the distinguished textile artist of the same name and is located in Angers, France.

 The exhibition offers participants an outstanding opportunity to present their artworks to a vast audience of people who are interested in textile art all over Europe.  This year, when Riga is the European Cultural Capital, Riga residents and guests of the city will have the same opportunity.

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