House Guests: Textile Artists Exhibition


15th, 22nd, 29th, 30th September & 6th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 27th October
10.00 am, 11.00pm, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm
Running time
50 minutes
£10 (£12 with donation) per person
from 1 to 6 people per slot


House Guests: Textile Artists in David Parr House

Emily Campbell | Fiona Curran | Shelly Goldsmith | Tanvi Kant | Rachael Matthews | Richard McVetis | Beatrice Mayfield | Anya Paintsil   

Join us for House Guests: Textile Artists in David Parr House, the first in a series of creative interventions that invite contemporary artists, designers and makers to respond to David Parr House.  

The inaugural guests all work in textile materials and processes to acknowledge the story of Mary Jane Parr, wife of David. Bringing textile works into the historic domestic interiors of David Parr House shines a light on Mary’s presence in the house. Before she was married, Mary lived in Cheshire where she was a doubler – a textile worker who, from home, spun cotton threads to create new yarns. Through the work of eight artists, House Guests: Textile Artists explores making, domesticity, and the stories of the house.

Each House Guests intervention presents works by artists that offer new ways to consider the house, its interiors and its history. Through visiting works, new narratives are discovered, highlighting how the themes and values of David Parr House are as relevant today as they were to those who inhabited the space from the 1880s. 

Each exhibition slot is 50 mins starting at 10.00 am, 11.00 pm, 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm, 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Your ticket includes a brief introduction, a printed exhibition guide and a chance to explore David Parr House and the artworks.  

Please note: Photography is permitted. 


Alongside the exhibition are workshops from participating artists: 

16th September: Textile Jewellery with Tanvi Kant

30th September: Embroidered Lettering with Beatrice Mayfield  

7th October: The Art of Hand Embroidery with Richard McVetis 

28th October: Rag Rug Weaving with Rachael Matthews 

Image Credit: Shelly Goldsmith, ‘Pink Field’ (2022)


Booking Info

  • Please arrive on time for your exhibition slot. If you arrive early (more than 10 minutes before your booked time), the previous exhibition slot will not yet have finished.  
  • On arrival, please ring the bell of the Visitor Centre at 184 Gwydir Street, which is next door to David Parr House, and one of our guides will welcome you inside. 
  • All guests must be at least 12 years of age. Guests aged 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • All tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to come for your booked slot, we suggest you give your tickets to friends or family and ask that you e-mail their names to us at 
  • Your visit will last approximately 50 mins. There will be a short introduction before you enter the house and time to browse our shop at the end. 
  • All bags must be left in the locked drawers in the Visitor Centre.  
  • Photography is allowed in the house for exhibition visitors but phones must be switched to silent. 
  • Stiletto heels and bulky coats cannot be worn in the house.
  • Because of the nature of the building, its Grade II* listing and the different floor levels, there is no wheelchair access. Only our Visitor Centre is wheelchair accessible. 
  • The House is a historic building, with delicate surfaces and objects. Please do not touch the surfaces and objects in the house other than the staircase handrails.
  • Due to the age and character of the building, the House has dim lighting, uneven floors and steep stairs and other hazards. You must follow safety instructions from the staff at all times. 



Help Support the David Parr House through Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer you can support David Parr House by opting to Gift Aid your ticket.  By choosing to give a 10% donation, the Government will give us an extra 25% on top of your whole entrance fee. It makes a massive difference to charities like us and makes a significant contribution to the maintenance of the House.

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