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Go dippy for Diptychs!

October 27, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 28, 2015

In the first event of its kind, Bath Abbey is opening up its Diptych
collection and inviting children to try their hand at making their
own. These free family fun days take place during half-term on 27 & 28
October, 10am-4pm, as part of Heritage Open Week.

Ollie Taylor, Bath Abbey’s Interpretation Officer, said: “This is
the first time we’ve invited children to come to the Abbey to make
their own diptychs. Many people might not know about the Abbey’s
Diptychs, so this is a really exciting opportunity for them to come to
the Abbey, to see this beautiful collection of artworks, and use them
as inspiration to create their own in Bath’s most beautiful
building. There’s no need to book and both days are free so we hope
that many families come and have a go at sketching, painting and
stitching with the local artists and needleworkers who’ll be in the
Abbey to give them a hand.”

The Abbey’s Diptychs were made by local artist Sue Symons and tell
the story of the life of Jesus in calligraphy and needlework. She was
inspired to create them after attending a performance of Bach’s St
Matthew Passion whilst living in Canada. She completed the series
between 2006-2007 after returning to Bath, a labour of love which took
her 3,000 hours’ work. The works have been on display in the Abbey
since they were bought in 2007 and have had a profound impact on the
Abbey’s visitors. It is a chance for local people to look at them
anew and the free family fun days begin this new way of displaying
them and showcase a hidden gem of Bath’s rich artistic collections.

At these free family fun days, children and families will have the
chance to get up close to the Abbey’s Diptychs and use them for
inspiration to create their own. Local needle-workers and artists will
be on hand to help children sketch, paint, and stitch their artworks
which they will be able to take home with them.

Click through to Bath Abbey Website

Details

Date:
October 27, 2015
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Venue

Bath Abbey
Abbey Churchyard
Bath, United Kingdom
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