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Ruins & Riches - Stitched Textiles by Heptad

Saturday 1st October - Sunday 29th January 2017

HEPTAD* is a group of highly skilled and experienced textile artists, who formed twenty years ago and have been exhibiting regularly in Somerset ever since.

They met when all the members were either studying or teaching City & Guilds Embroidery and Creative Design. The group was formed to continue their studies and exploration of traditional and contemporary embroidery.

The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and artefacts in the Abbey’s museum have provided inspiration for this exhibition. The artists have spent time studying the object collections and sketching in the grounds.

Magnificent arches and columns appear in the textiles alongside exquisite embroidery details taken from a 15th century velvet vestment or a 13th century ceramic floor tile design.

Visitors can expect both contemporary and traditional embroidery techniques. Each member has explored a personal interpretation using a wide variety of methods and media.

Heptad members aim to dispel conventional expectations of traditional embroidery and to push the boundaries in terms of methods and materials. Their work demonstrates innovative designs using fabric, thread and paper, whilst incorporating techniques which include dyeing, stitching and printing.

(*Heptad is a Greek word for a group of seven)

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We are committed to making the abbey and events held at the abbey accessible to everyone. We may provide disabled ticket holders (who would be unable to attend without a PA - personal assistant / carer / essential companion) with a ticket at no additional cost for their PA, if they are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
  • Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Evidence of being severely sight impaired
  • CredAbility Access Card (+1 category requirement), see
  • A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card

If you do not have any of the above evidence but are unable to attend the abbey without a PA you are welcome to post or email copies of any additional evidence that supports your application. Applications are judged on a case-by-case basis. Tickets for events are sold on a first come, first served basis.

If the event is organised by an external organisation, the above will not necessarily apply and you will need to liaise directly with the organisers. If you wish to contact the organisers please contact and we will put you in touch.

How to apply

Please call our shop on 01458 831631 and arrange to either show the relevant documents in person or to email or post copies.