The colourful past of Polish community

Islay O'Hara

The Deputy Mayor, David Neve, was among the guests at the launch of an exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum demonstrating the art of Polish papercuts.

Known as Wycinanki, it originated as an inexpensive means of decorating the homes of rural labourers. Pieces were often made for religious festivals and family celebrations and feature bold and colourful symbolic designs.

The exhibition shows extraordinary papercuts commissioned by the Horniman Museum in 2010 and part of a touring exhibition.

The exhibition, which is on until April 17, includes pieces by renowned artists such as Apolonia Nowak from the Kurpie region and Helena Miazek from Lowicz, together with contemporary responses from the Polish community of Tunbridge Wells.

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