Tactile Turmoil, by Ellie Brennan

Saturday 27 January 2024

A new way to experience art in the Museum Foyer.

January 27th 2024 10:00am - June 30th 2024 05:00pm

A new way to experience art in the Museum Foyer.

Please do touch the art!

Ellie Brennan is a textile artist commissioned to create an installation inspired by our new exhibition, The Brontës' Web of Childhood.

‘Tactile Turmoil’ is her respose: an interactive piece exploring the Brontë sisters’ first impressions of their new home when they moved to Haworth in 1820. The installation highlights the contrast between the swirling, dark nature of the surrounding Yorkshire landscape and the innocence of childhood.

Ellie’s practice examines class and comfort, resonating with the Brontë sisters' life in a small village plagued by illness and death. Despite their grim surroundings, they created vibrant stories and tales that began their creative journey. Ellie has used this as a springboard to create a unique and interactive piece of art. What’s most exciting is that Ellie invites our audience to touch and feel the artwork.

Ellie’s work provides a tactile and critical commentary on 19th-century Britain. Through the creation of labour-intensive rugs and miscellaneous textile pieces, Ellie reinvents traditional making methods and adapts them for modern applications.

‘Tactile Turmoil’ will be on display in the Brontë Parsonage Museum Foyer from Saturday 27 January to Sunday 30 June. To book tickets to the museum to see Ellie's installation, please go to our Visit Us page or call 01535 640192.
Ellie is a textile artist and social worker from Middlesbrough. Her work is a sensory exploration of texture, colour, and fibres, inviting the viewer to interact with the work. She enjoys weaving narrative around class, nostalgia, and popular culture into her pieces, making them a map of the journey through adolescence, young adulthood, and beyond.

Ellie creates her art from her mother's spare bedroom. She graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2019 and currently works as a forensic social worker.
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