The RSN-Lady Anne's Needlework New Talent Programme is a joint initiative set up by us and The Royal School of Needlework to support professional hand embroiderers as they emerge from the RSN's Future Tutors Graduate programme.
Since its founding in 1872, The Royal School of Needlework’s mission has been to keep "the art of hand embroidery alive and thriving". This mission is also very close to our our own hearts so we are very pleased to be able to support the School in this very important mission for the future of our art form.
Each year the RSN will select one student to be supported by Lady Anne's Needlework Retreats. The chosen student will then receive work experience in the form of a special invitation to teach during our Retreats, an opportunity normally only open to the most experienced and talented international hand embroidery tutors, plus financial aid to support them as they complete their studies at the School. Financial aid will also be donated directly to the Future Tutors Graduate Programme in Hand Embroidery in order to support the School as a whole.
We are very excited to announce our New Talent for 2018, Zanaida Kazban. Zina has been selected by the Royal School of Needlework to receive sponsorship from us this year. Full biography to follow soon.
Auburn Claire Lucas was chosen to represent the programme in 2017. Auburn was chosen due to her notable talent shown throughout her time on the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN.
Auburn is an exciting new talent in the world of hand embroidery and we plan to help her in every way we can as she grows as a tutor and professional embroiderer.
You can read an interview with Auburn and an account of her class at our Spring Residential Retreat in March, when she taught a group of highly experienced embroiderers for a ½ day session between the their main classes with keynote tutors Nicola Jarvis and Jenny Adin-Christie (pictured with Phillipa and Auburn above).
As part of our Lady Anne's Needlework Retreats, we are lucky enough to work with some of the most brilliant tutors and speakers in the world. Meredith Willett, Jane Nicholas, Jacqui Carey, Jenny Adin-Christie, Nicola Jarvis, Owen Davies, the late Jane Lemon, Sarah Thursfield, Jacqui Hyman, Susan Kay-Williams, and Rebecca Quinton to name but a few. We would like to see this expertise carried forward to the next generation so we are very pleased to now be able to make practical steps in doing so with this new partnership.