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Mayflower400 Flower and Quilt Exhibition

The Minster Church St Andrew, 

Royal Parade, Plymouth

Thursday 3rd – Wednesday 9th June 2021  

09.00 – 16.00  daily

Please check the church website for service times 

The Minster Church of St Andrew is staging a second exhibition of the beautiful quilts that were exhibited in September last year with so many more wonderful displays to see in this event including floral displays and more beautiful creations from the Plymouth Calligraphy Group. 

Also on display will be copies of two of the original drawings of the stunning stained glass windows designed by John Piper and created by Patrick Reyntiens. Visitors will be able to compare the original drawings by the artist with the finished windows.

Entry to the exhibition is free but donations to be shared between UNICEF and The Alzheimer’s Society will be welcomed.

Teas and Coffees will be available. Due to social distancing, it will be necessary to limit the number of people in the church at any one time, so there may be a short time to wait. Visitors will be asked to wear a face covering while inside the church.

For more information please see the church website or contact Janet Greaves-Stocker  quiltingmayflower@gmail.com

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Mayflower 400 Quilt Exhibition

The Minster Church St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth

10th – 19th September 2020  

10.00 – 16.00  Weekend opening times may vary

Three years ago a small group of volunteers decided to put on a quilt exhibition in the Minster Church of St Andrew to commemorate the journey of the Pilgrims fleeing persecution and seeking a new life. With great courage, the people on the Mayflower set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean to a foreign land. They had very little with them and left behind family, friends and possessions. They were men and women of faith and conviction hoping to create a new life for themselves and their families in a new and strange land. This exhibition seeks to recognise the courage and tenacity of everyone who sets out into the unknown whether 400 years ago or today.

Schools, voluntary groups and individuals were encouraged to design and create beautiful works of art to commemorate the voyage. The exhibition considers the themes of freedom, faith and personal liberty that informed the original journey and address themes of migration both in 1620 and today. Contributors could choose any of the four themes of the Mayflower 400 commemoration for inspiration for their designs. The themes, Leaving Home, Life at Sea, Journey’s End and Life in the New Land could be interpreted in any way that they chose and the result is a wonderful collection of multimedia textile art work from across the whole community. 

The exhibition of 24 quilts and 16 pieces of Calligraphy come from as far afield as London and Massachusetts as well as from 2 Plymouth schools and voluntary groups from Devon and Cornwall. Many groups found it difficult to complete their quilts as social distancing and shielding took affect but found ways to ensure that the work was ready to be shown.

Joe Dent, Rector of the Minster Church of St Andrew said “I am so pleased to be able to welcome people in to our church again and hope that the event is well supported to recognise the efforts of everyone involved in putting on this exhibition.”

Entry to the exhibition is free but donations for UNICEF will be welcomed.

Teas and Coffees will be available. Due to social distancing it will be necessary to limit the number of people in the church at any one time, so there may be a short time to wait. Visitors will be asked to wear a face covering while inside the church.

For more information please contact Janet Greaves-Stocker  01752 550279

quiltingmayflower@gmail.com

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Mayflower 400 exhibition

Plymouth Calligraphers are joining with the rest of Plymouth to commemorate the historic journey of the Mayflower ship 400 years ago.  Our first exhibition is taking place in Plymstock library from the 4th – 14th February.  We advise you to contact the library before making a special trip as the exhibition space is booked by private groups during our exhibition.  However all work will also be on show again later in the year as part of the city’s official celebrations. More details on that to follow so watch this space.

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New for 2020 – Plymouth Calligraphers Correspondence Course

The correspondence course is now full – please contact us to add your name to the waiting list or to be informed when the next course starts

Plymouth Calligraphers are a local group who hold regular meetings where we develop our calligraphy skills, explore new techniques, share ideas, and learn from each other and our tutors. The group has a range of skill levels from beginner to the more experienced calligrapher.

This course is aimed at total beginners or at the first time calligrapher, who have very little knowledge of the art of calligraphy and would like to further explore this art form.

How does the course work

The course will consist of three main modules of study:

  • The Foundation Hand
  • Italic
  • Medieval Scripts

As you complete each lesson you send your work to a tutor who will mark it and answer your questions. You can work at your own pace but as calligraphy is a skill that benefits from regular and sustained practice, we suggest that you complete the programme of study within a year.

What will I study?

The Course is devised to answer requests from those who wished to study calligraphy seriously but were unable to attend full-time courses.

The first session will include a meeting with the tutor who will take you through the setting up process of the calligraphy board, pen/nib preparation and talk you through what is expected during the course of study.

There will be a charge of £20 per module. On completion of the program, we would like you to join Plymouth Calligraphers at the end of the course, this will then allow you to explore further the art of calligraphy and benefit from being with like minded people who enjoy this art form.

The correspondence course is now full – please contact us to add your name to the waiting list or to be informed when the next course starts