York Bayers Tapestry on show

11 Jan 2013 @ 4.43 pm
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An example of one of the 120 panels that make up the Bayers Tapestry

Issued by City of York Council

The Bayers Tapestry created by residents as part of York 800 celebrations and the Big City Read 2012 will be on show to the public at York Art Gallery on 2 February 2012.

This 60 metre-long frieze was painted by residents during a city-wide York 800 community arts project as part of last summer’s Big City Read celebrations and the York Stories 2012 project, which aims to encourage people to create and share stories that are personal and unique to the city.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “The Tapestry embodies everything we hoped to achieve over York 800: bringing the community together to tell the tales of 120 residents’ experiences in York.

“Inspired by the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry which recounts the stories surrounding the Norman Conquest, 21st century York residents were invited to paint their personal stories as part of a frieze using acrylic paint on panel boards which weaves together their tales of York.”

The project, coordinated by artist Karen Winship, involved open workshops at York Explore, City of York Adult Education classes and independent artist groups creating a total 120 panels measuring over 60 metres.

The showing comes as part of a special one-day event to allow residents to have a last look round the Gallery, before it is closed for refurbishment.

The Tapestry will be on show on Saturday 2 February from 10am-5pm and other opportunities to exhibit it are being considered.

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