Charter 400 artist commissions go on display

Charter time line Left to right: Barbara Gibson and Marta Kochanek of Gibson Kochanek Studio with Adrian Gregson Charter 400 Project Manager

Three new artworks, commissioned through the Charter 400 project, have gone on public display across Worcester this half-term and will be on display until December. Each artwork tells the story of Worcester's past and present.

Adrian Gregson, County and Diocesan Archivist and Charter 400 Project Manager said: "Half-term is a fantastic time to get out and about and view these new artworks commissioned through the Charter 400 project. Each artwork tells the story of Worcester highlighting key moments, achievements and milestones over the last 400 years, not only are they great pieces of art in their own right, I think everyone viewing them will learn something new about our City."

In The History and Heritage POD! at Crowngate Place, Friary Walk view the Charter Timeline 400 years of history created by Gibson Kochanek Studio showing the significant places, history and people in Worcester over the last 400 years.

Barbara Gibson and Marta Kochanek of Gibson Kochanek Studio said: "We hope our infographic highlights the rich history of Worcester City to celebrate its heritage and importance. We would like to take the viewers for a journey through showcasing prominent buildings, rich history, manufacture and people. We hope our work discloses the knowns and hidden gems of the city spreading positive impression and natural beauty of Worcester."

At the Guildhall view two new commissions, a Tapestry created by Michelle Flint uses a combination of fabric paint, embroidery and applique to celebrate Worcester's history from the glove manufacturers to historical architecture and royal visits through the centuries. Talking about her work Michelle Flint commented: "Worcester has so many hidden achievements throughout history which many people are unaware of and I wanted to share these through my tapestry. I want the public to celebrate the importance of Worcester as a city and be proud of the achievements it has made."

Christine Harmer has created a hanging sculpture titled 'Time-Suspended'. 'Time-Suspended' brings together aspects of Worcester's past and present in the form of a hanging sculpture made from a mix of materials including wood, metal, glass, fabric and leather. Christine Harmer said: "To me, a hanging sculpture seemed the ideal way to represent the passage of time by creating snapshots of the events and developments that have made Worcester the city it is today. Simple shapes form the basis of the artwork, suspended in three vertical sections, with interconnection both in design and construction as it charts the course of the history of Worcester. I hope the enamelled motifs take a little deciphering by the observer so they can work out for themselves their historical or present context, I look forward to seeing people enjoy the work."

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Charter of King James I incorporating the City and establishing the post of Mayor. The 1621 Charter marked a momentous occasion in the development of Worcester City. On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution that established the basis of the modern governance of the city and county of Worcester.

Charter 400 celebrates Worcester's rich heritage and culture provides an opportunity to promote, encourage, enthuse, revitalise and boost local businesses which have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Further events will take place throughout the remainder of the year.

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