Lichfield Cathedral hosts Children’s Herkenrode Exhibition

Herkenrode Children's Exhibition - May 2015Lichfield Cathedral are pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibition featuring works of art produced by pupils that were inspired by the recently restored Herkenrode Glass.

The glass is considered to be one of Europe’s greatest artistic treasures, and was installed in Lichfield in 1803 when it was rescued from destruction during the Napoleonic Wars. Having withstood centuries of weather and pollution, emergency action was needed to rescue it once again and the race began to save the Lady Chapel and its priceless Renaissance glass. The glass was removed in 2010 and taken to Barley Studio where the five-year renovation project commenced. The project was completed in March 2015, when a special rededication service took place in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Celia Houghton, Lichfield District Council’s Arts Development Officer, worked with 210 pupils from five local schools to produce the work, including Hayes Meadow Primary, St Michael’s Primary, Thomas Barnes Primary, St Chad’s Primary and Chadsmead Primary Academy.

Each school was introduced to the glass and its history, and shown images which were taken during the restoration. The pupils were then tasked with producing artwork based on the images. Their designs were reinvented with different types of media including manipulating thin wire onto frames and adding tissue paper for colour; painting designs onto wooden panels; and creating fabric pieces using colourful materials.

Celia Houghton said: “Through this project many of the pupils were able to learn new skills including threading needles, sewing, manipulating wires, and using pliers safely. We wanted to create artworks that represented the windows, as well as try new materials that aren’t often used in schools. A lot of hard work has gone into this exhibition, and it’s absolutely fantastic to see it on display in the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral.”

The exhibition will be on display in Lichfield Cathedral until Thursday 25 June.

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