Miss Porter’s House as Artists’ Muse
An exhibition in the historic Porter family home of works by the Athena Art Group. See how artists respond to objects within the collection of the Miss Porter’s House Museum. Enjoy a National Trust property and the diverse works inspired by the Porter stories.
The Athena works reflect the artmaking practice of each contributor. They range from printmaking to ceramics and from textiles to mixed media. Each has been inspired by the Miss Porter’s House collection; homemade clothing and fabrics, prize winning crochet and lace, hand cut stencils and household objects.
Built in 1909, the family lived in their Edwardian terraced home until 1997 when it was left to the National Trust. The house survives with contents intact as a living snapshot of life in twentieth century Newcastle. Florence Porter and her daughters were prolific producers of clothing, household textiles and exquisite craftwork. From christening gowns to stencilled tablecloths, the wonderfully creative work of the Porter women has been given new life by artists of today. Heritage items have generated modern artworks, together they represent our heritage for the future.
Artworks and museum objects can be seen at Miss Porter’s House during the festival and then at Newcastle Museum.
NB Children under 5 are free entry.