Manchester will receive Portuguese textile pieces!
A news from Mundo dos Portugueses newspaper
In September, Manchester Cathedral will receive a series of textile pieces produced in Castelo Branco created by the Portuguese artist Cristina Rodrigues to cover the four altars of the church.The project, which results from a partnership between the plastic artist and the albicastrense municipality, results from an invitation to produce a permanent contemporary work of art that emerged after the success of a temporary exhibition that the artist, then based in the northern city of England, held in 2014 in that space, entitled ‘Women of my Country’, and attracted more than 200 thousand visitors.
At the time, the artist decorated the space with a large piece, a ‘Manta’ made up of buffaloes produced in the same district in Idanha-a-Nova. For this work, she decided to study the history of Manchester Cathedral, which in 2001 saw a new wing of the building be inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II, head of the Anglican Church. “I discovered that the monarch visited Portugal only once, in 1957, and that at this time the Portuguese State offered the Queen a quilt in Castelo Branco,” she told Lusa news agency.
It was then that the Portuguese artist, whose artistic work has sought to recover traditional Portuguese handicraft techniques, decided to create the pieces in linen and with embroidery of Castelo Branco. “It’s one of the most ambitious projects I’ve produced to date,” she confided, describing “two years of drawing without stopping”. The reason is the complicated process of approving the final pieces, whose production has followed weekly.
Cristina Rodrigues produced 158 large drawings until the final four drawings were approved by the Local Steering Committee of the Cathedral of Manchester and later by the National Steering Committee. The approval was necessary because the Cathedral is part of the buildings classified as national historical patrimony of the United Kingdom.
The seven textile works are being made in linen and embroidered with natural silk by six embroiderers of Castelo Branco with more than 20 years of experience, in the Office Es- cola do Bordado de Castelo Branco, in a space belonging to the municipal.
In September, they will be placed on the four altars of the Cathedral, a temple of the Anglican Church where masses are held daily and one of the main tourist attractions of the city. “It is a permanent facility, but the Manchester Cathedral will organize an itinerant exhibition with these textile pieces by hand in various parts of the world,” said the artist.
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