A free exhibition that explores the role of women, past and present, through a variety of textile artworks, is coming to Ely.

‘Bridging the Gap’, a fascinating and inspiring group exhibition by East Anglian Stitch Textiles (EAST), is at the Babylon Gallery from June 4-30.

EAST was formed in 1995 when founder member, Carol Dixon, created a group for textile artists in East Anglia who wanted to develop their creative skills and build an awareness of the beauty and power of textile art amongst a wider audience.

The group has since exhibited across England in galleries and museums. EAST exhibitions usually have an enigmatic title, with members carrying out in-depth research and preparation into their artwork.

Over the previous year, members of the group have pondered the role of women both past and present.

Each of them has undertaken research across a diverse range of topics, focusing on either an individual story, or on societal trends that reflect how women’s lives have changed.

Babylon Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm with free entry.

Ely Standard: Textile artwork by Margaret Talbot