Rozanne Hawksley


Oriel Fach

Enjoy a chance to relax and view a video of Rozanne talking about her work, and in conversation with Professor Tony Curtis


Photographs by Marlene Wareham

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Main gallery 3D area

Ceramics and jewellery by students and established artists


Main Gallery

3 to 31 August


Rozanne Hawksley is considered to be one of the most innovative leading textile artists in the UK.

The fragility of the human condition and the inhumanity of war are the recurring themes in her exquisite creations.

Some images are uncomfortable, but the pathos and the beauty shine through, and you are rewarded with a deep feeling of connection with human fragility and a spirituality that pervades the work. Beautifully crafted, Rozanne’s embroidered and stitched pieces sometimes combine fragments of bone, fine thread, found objects and jewels.

She studied at the Royal College in the fifties alongside artists such as Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, and after a time in America she returned and did a post grad course and later taught at Goldsmiths College in the seventies. Since then she has exhibited internationally although not truly recognised until her fifties. Her contribution to the well-known exhibition Subversive Stitch is seen as seminal and she became acclaimed and her work sought after from this time.

Her touring exhibition entitled Offerings from Ruthin Gallery was shown in The Mission Gallery in Swansea in 2010 and a superb book accompanied this exhibition which details the history and the influences that have informed her art, from her youth in Portsmouth, where her grandmother sewed sailors collars and where the horrors of war made an impact on her, to the present conflicts that create so much grief and heartache. One of her most famous pieces Pale Armistice, a white wreath made of gloves, bleached bones and artificial flowers, is in the collection of The Imperial War Museum and has become totemic of the death toll of the First World War. She has been invited to exhibit there again later this year.

Also on exhibition at Oriel Q, amongst some moving installation pieces, are a selection of drawings and haunting self-portraits that are a reflection of this artist’s sensitivity and her awareness of the frail condition of humankind.



Get thee to a nunnery

Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows

Caiaphas, death of nature

We Jolly Sailor Boys Remembering



Here is a response to Rozanne's work from one of the visitors to the exhibition.