Re-imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey - art exhibition

Press Release: 24/02/2010

'Chalice’ by Kate Harding - installed at Winchester Cathedral

Between February and April, a contemporary art exhibition called ‘Re-imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey’ will be held at three venues: Winchester Cathedral, Link Gallery, and City Space.

Inspired by the major exhibition ‘Treasures of Hyde Abbey’ which will run in the Winchester Discovery Centre from 6 March to 2 May, the art exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, engraving, calligraphy and sound installations; offering a modern response to the historic items on display.

Sophie Cunningham Dawe, co-curator of the art exhibition, said “If such a public building project as Hyde Abbey was begun today, how would modern artists respond to the challenge? That was the question, and the challenge, we put to our artists.”

During their process of ‘re-imagining’, the artists explored two central themes - locality and public memory, and the sacred and the secular in modern society. The results offer a diverse and creative collection of work from over thirty local art practitioners and artist groups. Internationally renowned artists Alice Kettle and Tracey Sheppard, both of whom live in Hyde in Winchester, have also contributed work to the exhibition.

David Owen, another co-curator of the art exhibition, said: “A number of the artists have received grants and funding from the Arts Council and other sponsors for this show. We are delighted because we feel that it is a real endorsement of the quality that they have produced.”

‘Re-imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey’ is a keynote event for Hyde900
www.hyde900.org.uk , a community based celebration of the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey, the final burial place of King Alfred the Great.