Tate Modern Course

In the Loom Room

Anni Albers Study for Unexecuted Wallhanging 1926, © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London Photo: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art

Gain unique insight into Anni Albers’ practice by producing your own artwork

Over four weekly sessions, participants will build their own backstrap loom to create a unique artwork. Drawing inspiration from Anni Albers, participants will discover about the artist’s life and work, and experiment with different techniques and materials. This includes plastic, pipe cleaners and other found objects.

This course is led by artist Anke Sievers and requires no prior knowledge. Materials to be provided however participants are welcome to bring additional items.

Course outline

Week One: Introduction

How can textiles create a form of expression and play? Using Anni Albers’ practice as a starting point, we’ll explore some key concepts, influences and styles and start on our own pieces.

Week Two: Technique

​Hand versus loom weaving? What is the difference? We’ll look at basic techniques, including warp-faced versus weft-faced weaving, and other approaches.

Week Three: Material and form

Using organic and synthetic matter, we’ll work with different materials to play with texture and form.

Week Four: Influence

With a final visit to the exhibition, we’ll finish our weaves, discuss our own influences and artworks.


Born in Weener, Germany, Anke Sievers is a contemporary artist whose practice includes textiles, printmaking and drawing. She has exhibited internationally and recently completed a residency at Stiwdio Maelor in North Wales.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.​

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Every Monday at 18.45–20.45

22 October – 12 November 2018

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