Picton Castle and Gardens

Mhairi Treharne

Born in Toronto in 1989 to a Scottish Mother and Welsh Father, I was raised in Haliburton County, in rural Ontario
Canada. I have exhibited in Canada, throughout the United Kingdom, and on international online platforms.
I create work out of my studios based in Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire.

I am inspired by the landscapes of my home in Gloucestershire, and heritage in Pembrokeshire and Dunbartonshire;
landscapes rich in myth and legend. I also reference the desolate and pure spaces of my rural Canadian childhood. I
create surfaces that are one-off, to carry messages about lost and found sacred places surrounding us. My work
draws viewers into the spaces in between, to small stitched worlds – opening up new conversations.
Milling surfaces from scratch, choosing wire materials, stitch techniques, and incorporating foraged elements is an
essential part of my practice. I am inspired by portable miniature religious votive paintings of the past; robust and
miniature ancient objects that feel undeniably precious.
Every piece is able to hang securely as-is, no additional framing or supports are needed to display them on the wall.