Guild Chapel launches art competition

1 May 2017

THE GUILD Chapel's first ever art competition is now open – so get creating your guardian angels!

The competition is open to schools and individuals, with primary aged children being challenged to create their own Guardian Angel, taking inspiration from the Chapel’s angels and Archangel Michael in particular.

He is at the centre of the recently conserved Allegory of Death painting now on display to visitors. The painting features a poem called Earth upon Earth, which occurred fairly frequently in medieval times, focusing the attention on the inevitability of death and how we should all strive to lead a good life.

Painted in the late 15th Century, Archangel Michael was de-faced when the Chapel’s paintings were limewashed in 1563 following the Reformation – on orders given to John Shakespeare.

But the detail preserved to this day is incredible and said to be of real national significance; a window into the medieval world William Shakespeare was born into.

Children are asked to submit a picture of their Angel – using pens, paint, collage, textile, or any other material – between now and the closing date of June 16th.

The winner will be announced at the River Festival in July – and will get an exclusive half day Escape Arts workshop for their class as their prize.

“There’s so much we can learn from the Guild Chapel – it’s one of Stratford’s oldest buildings and it would have been absolutely central to town life,” Pippa Brook, Volunteer Coordinator for the Guild Chapel, said.

“We welcomed hundreds of schoolchildren during Shakespeare Week, sharing the story of the Chapel and its fascinating medieval past, much of it we can still see preserved today in the wall paintings. We hope our art competition will do even more to really capture the imagination of the next generation.”

Local schools have been contacted and invited to take part in the Art Competition.

The Chapel now has its own website - please click here to visit the site, and here to see the competition rules


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