Gloucester Cathedral is embracing the National Campaign for Drawing ‘Big Draw 2017’ with a spectacular free interactive week-long activity this October half term.
Renowned architectural artist Amy Jane Adams has designed a brand new, GIANT colouring-in carpet that will run the entire length of one of the Cathedral’s world famous cloister walkways!
Stretching at least 20 metres in length the carpet details the beautiful fan vaulted ceiling and other architectural features of the cloister. The Cathedral warmly invites the public to come and add colour to this magnificent creation that will be in the cloisters daily. The event will be free on a drop-in basis. Donations towards the cost of materials will be optional to those who wish to contribute.
Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement Manager at Gloucester Cathedral said: “Amy Jane’s fantastic colouring-in carpet and live art installation will help to continue the Cathedral’s community engagement work, providing appeal to a wide audience. Events like this are essential to bring fun to learning and creativity whilst also giving a platform to contemporary art; we hope that the public will really enjoy getting involved”
And that’s not all! The week will open with a two-day LIVE Draw where visitors will be able to view the artist creating an installation in the West Slype of the Cathedral, with large scale ink and watercolour murals inspired by the history and architecture of the Cathedral. Life-size depictions of key figures from the Cathedral’s history like Abbott Serlo, founder of the Cathedral, Edward II and Henry VIII will take centre stage.
The artwork will be created in response to historical research gathered by the artist in the Cathedral’s Medieval Library.
This fantastic opportunity will run 10.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October.
Archivist at Gloucester Cathedral, Rebecca Phillips says: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Amy Jane into our historic library to undertake research into the history of our architecture. As with all historic research the documents can only take us so far, and so we look forward to seeing how Amy Jane will fill the gaps in our story. This is where art and history can really work in partnership to give shape to events and individuals who are now lost to us in the historic records.”
Artist Amy Jane Adams aims for this new interpretation of Gloucester Cathedral to highlight the importance of the building’s design and architectural development, whilst linking to the Cathedral’s impressive history of engagement with contemporary art, including the renowned ‘Crucible’ exhibitions at the Cathedral in 2010 and 2014 from Gallery Pangolin that featured works from Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, David Nash and Sarah Lucas.
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