There are 44 Cathedrals in England and Wales with over a thousand people visiting each cathedral on a weekly basis, and this number rises over bank holiday week ends and special days. This represents a tremendous opportunity to tell these visitors not just about the Cathedrals themselves - how they were built and significant points about their architecture, etc. - but also about Jesus as personal Saviour.
This project aims to provide an exhibition in textiles that will enhance the experience of everyone who sees it. The art work tells a story which may be in picture or word format. Each of the exhibitions is put together using a Bible theme and aims to be contemporary and accessible to all. The challenge is to tell each person a little bit more about God and to invite a response, particularly from those who do not know Christ as their Saviour. This is illustrated by a comment made by a Cathedral Guide:
Just to say how much I admire your embroidery in the Cathedral. The 3 displays we have seen this year have been both beautiful & thought provoking. I'm a Guide in the Cathedral and sometimes work with 1st year secondary school children. Your work has been a great help in explaining various concepts to them. Congratulations & thanks to you both & everybody else involved in the production of your work.
Each theme is put on a series of 10 screens. The whole work is commissioned by the Deo Gloria Trust and then loaned to the various partner Cathedrals for a given period.
The finished screens are hung on specially designed stands that fit into and with the architecture and style of the Cathedral. They have can be on display at Bristol, Coventry, Ely, Gloucester, Leicester, Rochester and York - a full list can be found here.
|Designer and Textile Artist||Jacqui Parkinson|
|Textile Assistant||Ruth Field|
|Scenery Designer||Humphrey Jaeger|
|Creation poems||Paul Field|
As well as the many staff at the Greater Churches and Cathedrals.