Lynn Setterington at Brontë Parsonage Museum


Project Info


  • Lynn Setterington

Art Forms

  • Textile Installation


  • Brontë Parsonage Museum
  • Arts&Heritage
  • Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

Project Outline

Sew Near – Sew Far is part of the Meeting Point programme.

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. Brontë Parsonage Museum commissioned Lynn Setterington to create this installation.

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.”


  • 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 supported the 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 them.

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


  • Over 110 people participated in workshops including children and adults

“Really enjoyed being part of the Sew Near – Sew Far art project in Haworth today. Can’t wait to see the finished project!”

  • 60 people attended events held as part of the programme at the museum
  • The final piece was outdoors and visible to passers-by making it impossible to count how many people saw the final piece

“Seeing the Bronte signatures on the landscape they so often explored is profoundly touching. Currer and Acton Bell in place on a beautiful autumn day, the names those used to pass as male authors when first submitting their works”


The Artist

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 public 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.