Posts Tagged ‘public workshop’

Chester Literature Festival events

29 August 2012

Two events at the Essar Chester Literature Festival 2012 will be linked to Discover Medieval Chester and the research produced by the Mapping Medieval Chester project. Both are on Saturday 20 October. We would love you to join us to discuss some of the medieval texts and manuscripts relating to Chester, and to share some previews of the new Discover Medieval Chester multi-media resources. Places are limited and booking is essential.


‘Hryre’ St John’s artwork launch

26 March 2012

On Thursday 22nd March the permanent version of ‘Hryre’, the new artwork created by artist Nayan Kulkarni, launched at St John’s Church, Chester. The launch event, held at St John’s Church, began with a presentation by Catherine Clarke on ‘Ruins and fragments: illuminating St John’s, Chester’. After refreshments and medieval music, the event continued with short speeches from those who had been involved in the project, including Rev David Chesters, the rector of St John’s, Katherine West of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Magnus Theobald of ‘Chester Renaissance’, Catherine Clarke and, of course, the artist himself Nayan Kulkarni who introduced us to some of the technical complexities of the lighting commission, as well as the creative side. The photography competition prize was also awarded to Nick Price, who was there to receive his cheque (and to take plenty more photos of the new installation!). His wonderful picture is shown below.

The permanent new version of the artwork is stunning, incorporating more manuscript images and focusing on ideas of ruin, loss, memory and endurance. You can download the PDF interpretation guide here.

It was so exciting to see the final artwork emerge out of the darkness. It has been a privilege, and tremendously exciting, to be involved in this project and share our research on medieval Chester in such an innovative way. It was also great to see at the launch event so many of the people who have been involved with the art project over the past year, via workshops and consultation – your input definitely helped to shape the artwork into its final form.

Catherine and Nayan at the launch (photo David Heke)

Catherine and Nayan at the launch (photo David Heke)

Nick Price's winning photo

St John’s art project: December workshops

5 January 2012

At the workshops before Christmas we had another opportunity to discuss the research and ideas behind the St John’s art project with local people, and hear their views and suggestions. It was tremendous to hear such positive responses and I felt really privileged and proud to be part of such an exciting project. A few photos attached – though the ones on site don’t show the projections and were taken in very dark conditions! Thank you to our hosts at St John’s for making us so welcome.

Presentation in St John's Church


Chester events – recent and forthcoming…

18 July 2009

Sue Hughes at the Grosvenor Museum has just sent us the following report on the recent ‘Minstrels’ Court’ event – it sounds like great fun. If living history and interactive events capture your imagination, then please do come and join us at the forthcoming ‘Mapping Medieval Chester Festival’ (Saturday 29th August). For further information see the earlier blog post or contact the Grosvenor Museum.

Minstrel’s Court Event

A successful Minstrels’ Court helped celebrate medieval Chester and publicise the Mapping Medieval Chester Festival on 29 August 2009.  ‘Medieval’ Musicians were presented with their licences to play by Reverend Chesters and are now safe from being arrested as vagabonds for another year.

Medieval Musician Richard York (more…)

Partnership with the Grosvenor Museum

30 October 2008

An important dimension of the Mapping Medieval Chester project is our partnership with the Grosvenor Museum, Chester. Sue Hughes, the Museum and Education Manager, is one of the members of our project Advisory Committee, and we’re benefiting from the museum’s enormous store of resources and expertise relating to Chester local history. We’re hoping that our project will help to develop and extend our understanding of the medieval city and the ways in which its different cultural communities imagined and represented the urban landscape around them. We’ll be working together with the Grosvenor Museum to run our public workshop in Chester in summer 2009, and are already planning lots of exciting activities (for confirmation of the date and full details, please join our mailing list and/or keep an eye on this blog!).

In the meantime, if you’re local to Chester or visiting the area, please take a look at the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ display, put together by Sue Hughes and her team, in the Grosvenor Museum. We hope this will give you a small taster of the project and the historical period we’re exploring.