Canine Partners

25 – 30 April 2017

Canine Partners is a national registered charity with its training centres based in Heyshott, West Sussex and Osgathorpe, Leicestershire.

Funds raised by the Textile Art Challenge will go towards paying for the advanced training of Canine Partners amazing dogs that bring a greater independence and quality of life to their disabled partners, offering security, companionship and practical help with everyday household tasks. These life-changing dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.
The charity’s vision is for a day when every disabled person in the UK has the opportunity to be partnered with one of their amazing assistance dogs. Canine Partners receives no government funding and relies on public donations and legacies to keep creating these life-transforming partnerships.

How the Challenge works
Creative adults and children are challenged to design and produce a piece of textile art using a pack of 25 fabric squares purchased from the charity for £10. Artwork can be a canvas for a painting, or stitched into a costume, quilt or could be used to create something completely different. The finished works of art are on show from 25th – 30th April 2017. All proceeds from art sales will go to Canine Partners.

Background
The Challenge was founded in 2015 by Olive Rowell, who was part of the team of embroiderers who helped create the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress in 2011.
For 2017, we are delighted to have the support and expertise of Dr Sharon-Michi Kusunoki, internationally renowned Curator and Executive Director of Surrealism and the Arts, who is advisor for this project.
Guest exhibitors include well-known local artist and sculptor Maureen Brigden, designer, pattern cutter and seamstress Maria Pulley, ceramic artist Annie Flitcroft and printer Heather Lowe.