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'For Worship & Glory' Exhibition of Ecclesiastical Embroideries
'For Worship & Glory'
Chester Cathedral, 3 - 28 February
Embroidery has been used as part of worship for centuries on vestments, altar cloths, banners and other church furnishings. This exhibition from the Royal School of Needlework’s Collection features examples of hand embroidery for churches from the 18th to the 20th Centuries.
The centrepiece will be six of the famous Litany of Loreto pieces. Donated to the RSN by nuns of the Convent of the Holy Child in Mayfield East Sussex (now closed) , they are exceptionally fine and worth close inspection. There are chasubles from the 18th century; an antependium designed by Matthew Webb, who was a pupil of renowned artist Edward Burne-Jones, and a number of pieces made at the RSN including a beautifully worked rendition of the Good Shepherd given back to the RSN in 2011.
There will also be a number of RSN students’ final pieces from over 50 years ago, which include a range of Christian motifs and symbols.
Altogether this exhibition will feature more than 50 pieces of work, many created as acts of devotion, for worship. More information here
The RSN will be holding a series of hand embroidery workshops and two lectures by RSN Chief Executive and Curator Dr Susan Kay-Williams. For more information and to book, please go to the Chester Cathedral website.
If you cannot attend the exhibition, or are interested in ecclesiastical embroidery, we have a catalogue for sale in our online shop
Keep in touch
- 'For Worship & Glory' opens tomorrow at @ChesterCath! See treasures from the RSN Collection https://t.co/X0wwMycMHb https://t.co/q8PrwtTbyW02/02/2016
- Beautiful jewellery by the talented @margdier made for our 'Peacocks & Pomegranates' exhibition https://t.co/J5uz2ajOJM02/02/2016