The colourful displays of knitted and crocheted yarn in our courtyard are a new form of graffiti or street art known as Yarn Bombing. Unlike other types of graffiti, Yarn Bombing is non-permanent and began in 2005 as a way to reclaim and personalise cold public spaces. This form of art is attributed to internationally known artist, Magda Sayeg, known for her crochet covered motorcycles and buses. Her large scale knitted installations have been seen all over the world with commissions from the likes of Absolut Vodka, Mini Cooper and Gap.
As part of our new Daisy: Disability Arts in Surrey exhibition, artists have covered our courtyard in colourful creations. Each tree trunk is adorned with a bright woolly layer of yarn and our walls are blanketed in knitted masterpieces with the addition of a few knitted teddy bears dotted throughout the courtyard.
Each yarn bomber is associated with The Grange, a local organisation supporting people with disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. The exhibition continues in our free Art Fund Gallery where Daisy are showcasing the best visual art made by disabled artists in the Surrey area.
The free exhibition ‘Daisy: Disability Arts in Surrey’ is open now until Sunday 4 September 2016. Find out more here.