RSN Curator Online Talks — December 2020 to March 2021


Dr Susan Kay-Williams

Join us for our new series of online Curator Talks to discover more about the RSN and why we’ve been the international centre of excellence for the Art of Hand Embroidery since 1872.

These exclusive talks will focus on life at the RSN throughout the years, our acclaimed methods of teaching, the embroidery techniques we’re most famous for and, of course, our unique Collection containing over 4,000 objects donated from all over the world.

Presented by the RSN’s Chief Executive and Exhibition Curator, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, and guests, our one-hour talks, followed by Q&A sessions, are easily accessed via Zoom.

Please note that after booking, you will receive your unique Zoom invite at least two days before each event. The Talks are not available to watch following the webinar, but they may be re-released in the latter half of 2021.


Christmas at the RSN

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 7pm UK GMT
Join RSN Chief Executive and Curator, Dr Susan Kay-Williams for a fun, festive online event! You’ll see outstanding Christmas-themed work produced by our students and hear about exciting projects undertaken by our renowned Embroidery Studio.

Susan will also be digging deep into our archives to reveal artefacts, objects and anecdotes from past RSN Christmas events including snippets from the newspapers of the day.

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Faces and Figures in Embroidery

Wednesday 13 Jan 2021, 7pm UK GMT
Tune in for a final chance to see pieces from one of our most popular exhibitions up close and in detail with our Curator, Dr Susan Kay-Williams! This talk will look at the different embroidery techniques featured through a small number of works.

Susan will be joined by a guest RSN tutor to explore the different stitches and how they have been brought together. Techniques covered will include Blackwork, Tapestry Silk Shading, Goldwork, Stumpwork, Appliqué and Canvaswork.

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Goldwork from the RSN Collection

Wednesday 10 February 2021, 7pm UK GMT
Join us for a talk which goes to the heart of the RSN’s work – Goldwork – the technique for which we are probably best known. You will discover our approach to this stunning technique and discover how others do it differently.

Our Curator, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, will show you samplers, pieces for the church and embroideries for royalty. You will also see beautiful motifs stitched by RSN students featuring Goldwork on its own or in combination with other techniques such as Blackwork and Silk Shading.

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Stitch is International

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 7pm UK GMT
In this talk we reveal the RSN exhibition that never was – Stitch is International! Our Curator, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, will bring its key elements to you virtually and show you some of her personal collection of pieces too.

You’ll see objects from across the world from Chile to Japan and India to Panama. The pieces include clothing and tableware, to the purely decorative. Be prepared for a riot of colour and stitches and a wide variety of subject matter!

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