Start date: Saturday, February 15th 2014
End date: Friday, October 31st 2014
Sue Symon's masterpiece 'One Man's Journey to Heaven', also known as the Bath Abbey Diptychs, is an awe-inspiring work of art and craft. The life of Christ is depicted in thirty-five pairs of sumptuously decorated panels; a combination of needlework, hand-drawn lettering, illumination and calligraphy. The Diptychs are on display every year from February half-term until the Autumn half-term.
Please note it is advisable to check in advance if you wish to view the complete set of Diptychs as access can sometimes be limited by services and events.
Start date: Monday, March 3rd 2014
End date: Thursday, April 24th 2014
Courtesy of the Royal Academy of Arts and Quest Gallery, Bath
We are delighted to present the iconic sculpture 'The Crucifixx' (1976) by Michael Kenny, one of the most influential British sculptors of the 20th century. On loan from the RA, this extraordinary work which is part of the artist's 'Stations of the Cross, 1998-99', a series of drawings completed just before Kenny's death in 1999, and described as one of the finest examples of genuinely religious art within the Christian tradition, made since the Reformation.
Alan Garrow, Vicar Theologian at Bath Abbey explains why the piece is so special especially at this time of year: "We are privileged to show Michael Kenny’s Crucifixx in Bath Abbey this Lent. It is impossible not to be touched by the simple honesty of this remarkable sculpture."
Private view at Bath Abbey
Thursday 6 March 2014
6.15pm Doors open
6.25pm Talk by Brian Falconbridge (former president of The Royal Society of Sculptors)
7.30-8.30pm Drinks with piano accompaniment - Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ
'The Crucifixx' is part of a larger exhibition of Kenny’s work which continues at Quest Gallery, Margarets Buildings, Bath. Quest Gallery is exhibiting Kenny's last major series of drawings 'The Stations of the Cross, 1998-99'.
'Stations of the Cross'
7 Margarets Buildings
Start date: Friday, March 7th 2014
End date: Monday, October 13th 2014
Simon Burns-Cox's moving sculpture 'I Dreamed Kind Jesus' is inspired by the war poetry of Wilfred Owen. On long loan to the Abbey this sculpture is on display in the Gethsemane Chapel at various times throughout the year.