Irish stars celebrated in Hendon exhibition

Middlesex University hosts tapestries by artists Electronic Sheep featuring Róisín Murphy, Aisling Bea and others reports David Floyd

Artists Helen Delany and Brenda Aherne of Electronic Sheep posing with some of their artwork between them.
Electronic Sheep’s Helen Delany and Brenda Aherne – (Credit – Middlesex University)

Pop stars and comedians are amongst the cultural figures featured in tapestries being shown at Middlesex University in Hendon from this week.

The art works by multidisciplinary artists Electronic Sheep include The Kilburn Tapestries, which celebrates the Irish community and its influence on London’s music and arts scene by featuring performers including Róisín Murphy, Vince Power, Sinéad O’Connor, Enda Walsh and Aisling Bea

Another tapestry, Notifications Off, features people, places and objects that bring happiness in times of sadness – and aims to open up a conversation around mental health awareness.

The exhibition opened on Monday and runs until May 31st. Accompanying the exhibition on Friday 19th May there will be panel talks reflecting on mental health, identity and sustainability, with speakers including founder of Fashion Revolution Orsola de Castro, and Channel 4 Equity and Inclusion lead Maria St Louis.

One of the members of Electronic Sheep, Helen Delany, a Fashion Communications and Styling lecturer at Middlesex University, said “we handpicked people who represent positivity, inclusion and change.”

Her Electronic Sheep colleague Brenda Aherne adds: “Both tapestries were exhibited separately in leading galleries in Ireland and were very well received”.

“To exhibit the tapestries together in London, we needed not only a large gallery space but a venue equal in prestige to the previous spaces. We are honoured that Middlesex University could accommodate us and facilitate the panel talks too.”

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