The event has been eagerly awaited and will showcase the myriad talents of its 65 members. The Group is East Midlands based and has been active for over 30 years. During that time a wide and appreciate following has been created by visitors from all parts of the U.K. It was formed in 1982 evolving from Adult Education In-Service Training Courses in textiles for Derbyshire County Council

Within the Group there is an unquenchable thirst for culture, inspiration and innovation with has resulted in many powerful pieces of textile art. The works are highly original and have great surface beauty. They encompass all specialities and always receive a passionate response to the images seen.

Margaret Shah - Visual Delights

There are opportunities to read and see the members' working notebooks of observational ideas showing how a particular theme is developed from inception to completion. It will be discovered that there are fascinating stories to be told as to the inspiration of the work displayed.

The title of the exhibition is "Visual Delights" and the viewer will be beguiled by the gasping vibrancy ofthe colours. Sometimes clashing, some times quietly blended, always skilfully presented into something extraordinary. Throughout the show there are touches of theatrical magic.

The Group welcomes new and modem technologies but also respectfully returns to the noble grandeur of the past for some of their inspiration and techniques. Their accomplishments and skills cover a wide spectrum and range from hand and machine embroidery to beading, canvas work, costumes, felt making, knitwear, lace, patchwork, quiltmaking, rag rugs, and soft furnishings. Mixed media and printmaking techniques are often encompassed in the textiles.

For those who appreciate the many facets of textile art, there will be an opportunity to learn and explore new and exciting techniques from the tutors who teach their specialities at Day School workshops. These courses are run throughout the year and with a Summer School in July and August. A display of work from these classes will be on view at the exhibition with the tutors on hand to answer questions.

Throughout each day there will be demonstrations of the methods used by the members in their work. This may be the catalyst to learn more and to keep your own work fresh and unique.

Each exhibition donates money to local charities and this year the Group will be supporting Crohn's and Colitis UK [Nottingham Branch] and MacMillan Nurses.

Many pieces of original work from the exhibition will be for sale, and which one day may become cherished heirlooms. There is also a separate shop filled with artistic textile treasures to delight.

The exhibition will be held at:
The May Hall, Trent College, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4AD
0115 8494951
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 to Friday 12th April 2013
Open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Refreshments will be available on site
Admission is £3.50 with a free catalogue and free parking and on a bus route Nottingham to Derby