‘Whispering across Centuries’ is an art project focused on St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Brampton Abbotts (a grade II* listed building), one of many jewels in the crown of our local heritage and countryside. The story it could ‘whisper’ to us, from Norman roots in the 11th century to its current closed status and regeneration project would surely be enlightening.
Inspired by this wealth of history and the story it could tell, local artists Darren Williams and John Sherahilo have brought together a number of local groups, art students and individual artists to produce creative works inspired by the church.
Darren, a lecturer at Hereford College of Arts, said “We were interested in utilizing the Church and grounds as a focal point for individuals and groups to form responses from the figurative to the abstract, the purely aesthetic to the spiritual or political. We would like the artistic responses to be entirely at the will of the artist and accommodate any and all styles of work across any media.”
John said, “The church has survived for a thousand years, it has seen and survived so much, its worth the recognition it deserves and we should embrace it.”
The purpose of the project is to encourage people to the site over a limited period of time in order to create a diverse body of images and objects for exhibition during 2019.
The artworks will be displayed across Herefordshire, first at Hereford Cathedral in May 2019 before travelling on to St. Mary’s, Ross-on-Wye and then possibly other venues.
Churchyard maintenance – A regular maintenance schedule supported by local volunteers is helping to ensure that the churchyard is maintained.
Brampton Abbotts CE Primary School – Brampton Abbotts is the only parish in the Benefice with a Church school. Some years ago, when the original building became unsuitable, the school was rehoused to vacant premises in the town of Ross-on-Wye.