Meeting Point2: Brontë Parsonage Museum

Sew Near – Sew Far by Lynn Setterington © Jonathan Turner

A new public artwork along the Brontë Way, West Yorkshire, as part of Brontë Parsonage Museum’s five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the Brontës’ births.

  • Facts

    Title Sew Near - Sew Far
    Historical Sites Brontë Parsonage Museum
    Lead Artists Lynn Setterington
    Artwork Textile Installation
    Partners / Stakeholders Brontë Parsonage Museum, Arts&Heritage and Arts Council England
    Budget £10,000.00
    Development 7 Months
    Dates 30 September - 13 October 2017
  • Description


    The project is part of the Meeting Point2 project led by Arts&Heritage. It supports ten new contemporary art installations at museums across the North East, North West and Yorkshire during 2017. Meeting Point2 is funded by Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund.

    Sew Near – Sew Far, saw a large-scale, textile artwork at three sites on the Brontë Way; each one celebrating the famous signatures of the literary sisters.

    Artist Lynn Setterington said: “Signatures are an important marker of identity and the Brontë sisters famously used pseudonyms at their time of writing to disguise the fact they were women.

    “I’m creating an artwork for Brontë Parsonage Museum exploring the adopted and real signatures of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. I’ll be working with local people to develop the artworks and inviting them to add their own signatures to the piece.

    “We’re also creating a film documenting the whole process, which will be shown later in the year. I’ll be collaborating with community groups, volunteers and local people in West Yorkshire to create Sew Near – Sew Far and capturing the process is an important part of the artwork.”

    Watch a short film about Sew Near Sew Far


    • To make comment upon and re-create the radical theatre of the Brontë family 
    • To increase the museums audiences and raise national profile 
    • To create work inspired by the Brontë family outside of the museums walls and within the landscape 


    Arts&Heritage is supporting the ten participating museums throughout the process, sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

    A networking event between the participating museums and 70 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

    All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested therm.

    Four artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each


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    • £10,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
    • £1000 towards learning and outreach
    • £500 paid to each of four artists shortlisted
  • Audience Engagement


    A marketing campaign for the Meeting Point2 project was led and delivered by Emma Pybus and David Brookbanks.

    The Meeting Point2 project was documented by Jonathan Turner and Peter Spence


    Sew Near-Sew Far installation © Jonathan Turner

    Information to follow

  • Artist Information

    Sew Near – Sew Far by Lynn Setterington © Jonathan Turner

    Lynn Setterington is a major British textile artist particularly known for her hand stitched textiles and collaborative arts initiatives which celebrate the everyday and ordinary in society today. She trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Art. She is also an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska. Her work is held in many collections including the V&A Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Terrance Higgins Trust, Gallery Oldham, The Embroiderers’ Guild, Denver Museum of Art and The International Quilt Study Center, Nebraska, USA. For the last decade, Lynn has specialised in pubic engagement commissions with hard to reach groups. She is currently in the final stages of a practice-based PhD at the University for the Creative Arts investigating the hidden value and tension in stitched-based collaborations.