Local Art Group Produce Textiles for Durham Cathedral Exhibition

Local Art Group Produce Textiles for Durham Cathedral Exhibition
A bishop’s cope in the Open Treasure exhibition

Members of Shadforth Art Group have made a number of textiles which will be hung in the community galleries in Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure exhibition.

The group, with the help of Wendy Stoker from Made in England, took their inspiration from the history of Durham Cathedral, as well as from stories of Bede and St Cuthbert, the life of local communities and north east wildlife.

The pieces by Shadforth Art Group will complement the current exhibition Textiles: Painting with the Needle, which will run until February 11th 2017. Textiles: Painting with the Needle features a banner made by famous artist Grayson Perry, along with gorgeous textiles from throughout the cathedral’s history such as bishops’ copes and ornate bible covers. The Grayson Perry banner is based on traditional north east miners’ banners and aims to explore notions of masculinity.

After they have been exhibited, the Shadforth Art Group textiles will become part of the cathedral’s permanent collections.

Lara Thompson, of the Shadforth Art Group, said, “The opportunity to work with Wendy Stoker on this project, and seeing the finished work at the cathedral, has been interesting and exciting for all of us in the group.”

“The Open Treasure exhibition made us think about how and why St Cuthbert’s coffin came to Durham from Lindisfarne.”

Admission to the community galleries is included in the price of the Open Treasure ticket. Tickets range from £2.50 to £7.50 and can be purchased from the cathedral’s visitor desk or bought online at www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/open-treasure.

Shadforth Art Group meets at Shadforth Village Hall on Thursdays between 7 pm and 9 pm. The group has members of all abilities who work in various media.

Made in England produce bespoke artisan pieces and crafts, as well as original gifts. They have items available to buy and special requests can be handmade to order.

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