To celebrate the National Campaign for Drawing, Big Draw 2017,Gloucester Cathedral, one of the iconic filming locations for Harry Potter, will host the BIG Cathedral Draw, October 21–29. It will open with a two-day LIVE Draw, where visitors will be able to view the artist, Amy-Jane Adams, creating an installation in the West Slype of the Cathedral, with large-scale ink and watercolor murals inspired by the history and architecture of the Cathedral, including life-sized depictions of key figures from the building’s history.
The interactive half of the installation will be a paper “carpet” down the cloister walkway, measuring over 30 yards and printed with a pattern inspired by the fan designs in the cloister ceiling and the stained-glass work. Visitors of all ages will be encouraged to add color to the work with provided watercolors and poster paints. At least this painting in the corridor won’t be because of You-Know-Who!
Attendance hours for the Big Draw Project will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 21 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. The official opening of the installation will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017, with a press opening from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and a cake and tea reception open to the public between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Art Installation by Amy Jane Adams Brings contemporary art to Gloucester Cathedral’s Big Draw 2017 Project Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October To celebrate the National Campaign for Drawing Big Draw 2017, Gloucester Cathedral presents a new and inspiring interactive art activity and installation from British architectural artist, historian and author Amy Jane Adams. The exciting project seeks to unlock the design and story of the stunning Medieval cathedral with creative activities for all. Gloucester Cathedral will host its BIG Cathedral Draw event this October half term with a unique artistic twist. The contemporary work of Amy Jane Adams, who uses art to engage people in the history and design of architecture, is inspired specifically by the design and history of European buildings. She has curated the art event that will take place in the Cathedral’s famous cloisters. A fantastic ‘carpet’ of art will adorn the cloister walkway decorated with beautiful design work by Amy Jane that incorporates the famous cloisters’ ceiling fan vaulting, the earliest example in Britain, and the stained-glass work of influential Arts & Crafts designer Christopher Whall. The carpet will be printed on a white paper roll and visitors are invited to add colour to the work with materials provided. Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement Manager at the Cathedral commented on the project: “Amy Jane’s installation is helping to continue the Cathedral’s engagement work, providing appeal to a wider audience and a truly unique creative opportunity for all. Events like this are part of a county-wide effort to put Gloucester on the map as a centre for contemporary art and creative thinking that is accessible and fun.” The BIG Cathedral Draw 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, including life-size depictions of key figures from the Cathedral’s history like Abbott Serlo, founder of the Cathedral, Edward II and Henry VIII. The artwork will be created in response to historical research gathered by the artist in the Cathedral’s Medieval Library. 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.” This new interpretation of Gloucester Cathedral aims to highlight the importance of its design and architectural development, which spans over 1000 years and expand Gloucester’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. Amy Jane Adams was born in Gloucestershire and studied at the London College of Fashion and Camberwell College of Arts. She has collaborated extensively with the National Trust, The Royal Oak Foundation and Church of England. Her knowledge of architectural history combined with contemporary artistic ideas has meant that her practice has naturally progressed into heritage curation. Amy Jane is represented by Ed Victor. A launch of the installation will take place on Monday 23rd October 2017 with a press opening from 10am- 12pm and a cake and tea reception open to the public between 12pm-4pm. Press are also invited to visit Amy Jane while she creates the work from Friday 20th of October 2017. Gloucester Cathedral 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk Opening Hours For The Big Draw Project: Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th of October 10am-5pm General Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 6pm please check our website for up to date information on opening times AJA Fine Art https://www.ajafineart.co.uk/