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Ruins & Riches - Stitched Textiles by Heptad
Saturday 1st October - Sunday 29th January 2017
HEPTAD* is a group of highly skilled and experienced textile artists, who formed twenty years ago and have been exhibiting regularly in Somerset ever since.
They met when all the members were either studying or teaching City & Guilds Embroidery and Creative Design. The group was formed to continue their studies and exploration of traditional and contemporary embroidery.
The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and artefacts in the Abbey’s museum have provided inspiration for this exhibition. The artists have spent time studying the object collections and sketching in the grounds.
Magnificent arches and columns appear in the textiles alongside exquisite embroidery details taken from a 15th century velvet vestment or a 13th century ceramic floor tile design.
Visitors can expect both contemporary and traditional embroidery techniques. Each member has explored a personal interpretation using a wide variety of methods and media.
Heptad members aim to dispel conventional expectations of traditional embroidery and to push the boundaries in terms of methods and materials. Their work demonstrates innovative designs using fabric, thread and paper, whilst incorporating techniques which include dyeing, stitching and printing.
(*Heptad is a Greek word for a group of seven)
Handlebards - Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday 5th October 2016
The Handlebards- All female Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday 5th October
Doors: 6.30- Show 7.00pm
We're pleased to announce a surprise extension to our theatre programme. Throughout the year, we've received many requests to see the Handlebards back at Glastonbury Abbey so when the opportunity arose, it was one too good to turn down!
The HandleBards are proud to present their first ever all-female troupe! After cycling 1000 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-female HandleBards present Shakespeare’s plays as you’ve never seen them before - fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered.
Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and join us in Glastonbury Abbey's Lady Chapel for an evening that promises to be “gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” (The Stage, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Seating will be available but you are most welcome to bring your own. There will be a bar serving hot and cold drinks. This show is slightly later in the year than our normal theatre run so please wrap up warm.
Quiz and supper
Friday 28th October 2016
Last held in 2014, our fundraising quiz and supper night is back when we will be testing your general knowledge and raising money for our Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter.
Teams can be 2, 4 or more and the ticket includes a cheese ploughman's and a mixed berry Eton Mess courtesy of the The Picnic Hamper People.
The event at Glastonbury Town Hall also includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice on arrival.
All profit will go to the appeal. The event starts at 7pm.
We are committed to making the abbey and events held at the abbey accessible to everyone. We may provide disabled ticket holders (who would be unable to attend without a PA - personal assistant / carer / essential companion) with a ticket at no additional cost for their PA, if they are in receipt of one of the following:
- Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
- Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Evidence of being severely sight impaired
- CredAbility Access Card (+1 category requirement), see www.accesscard.org.uk
- A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card
If you do not have any of the above evidence but are unable to attend the abbey without a PA you are welcome to post or email copies of any additional evidence that supports your application. Applications are judged on a case-by-case basis. Tickets for events are sold on a first come, first served basis.
If the event is organised by an external organisation, the above will not necessarily apply and you will need to liaise directly with the organisers. If you wish to contact the organisers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch.
How to apply
Please call our shop on 01458 831631 and arrange to either show the relevant documents in person or to email or post copies.