Three tapestries of Florence Welch have been presented at Dulwich Picture Gallery to mark the new album from the singer’s eponymous rock band, Florence + the Machine.
The 1800s-style works reflect the singer’s love of pre-Raphaelite art and have been organised by Spotify to mark the release of Dance Fever, the first album from the band in four years.
Considered to be the world’s first tapestry ‘billboard’, the piece will be on display at the gallery, where Florence + the Machine performed in 2017, for the next week. The hand-woven work coincides with Dulwich Picture Gallery’s current exhibition, ‘Reframed: The Woman in the Window’.
Commenting on the two-metre-by-two-metre tapestries, the singer said: “Pre-Raphaelite art has been a musical and artistic inspiration of mine for years, brought to life most recently through the lyrics and album creative in Dance Fever.
“To be transported back to my favourite era and re-imagined in the style of the leading women who inspired Rossetti and Hunt is a dream I never imagined, on top of being hung in one of my most loved galleries in my hometown of South London.”
Safiya Lambie-Knight, head of music for Spotify in the UK and Ireland, added that she was “excited to immortalise Florence as an 19th century tapestry as she celebrates five albums and over 3.7 billion global Spotify streams. “
‘The Dance Fever Tapestries’ are open to the public from today until Friday, May 20th, 2022 – at no charge. A QR code is also there, which will take attendees to the ‘Dance Fever’ album on Spotify. Which you’d be wise to listen to – it’s a bit of a banger.