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New Exhibition and Events: Opus Anglicanum, Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, V&A Museum, 1 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

opus anglicanum to deleteNew Exhibition: Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of its luxury embroideries, and were frequently referred to as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ (English work). Often featuring complex imagery, and ambitious in their scale and intricacy, they were sought after by kings, queens, popes and cardinals across Europe. This exhibition is the first opportunity in over half a century to see an outstanding range of surviving examples in one place. Paintings, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork and stained glass will be shown alongside, to explore the world within which these exquisite works were created.

Luxury embroideries were made by professional craftsmen and women living in the City of London, some of whom we can still identify by name. London was a hub for commerce, and the embroiderers formed part of an international mercantile network. The rare survivals of this extraordinary period of English art are today scattered across Europe and North America. Some of the embroideries have not been seen in Britain since they were produced.

Book now: vam.ac.uk/opus


lossy-page1-1024px-web2c_grevens_sc3a4ngkammare-_detalj2c_grevens_sc3a4ng_-_skoklosters_slott_-_88043-tifEnglish Medieval Embroidery Unpicked, day course, The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre @V&A Museum, Saturday 12 November 2016

STUDY DAY: This study day explores the world of England’s Medieval luxury embroideries, known as Opus Anglicanum. We will examine their materials, techniques and design; the patrons and artists involved; and the extraordinary images depicted on them.

During the later Middle Ages, England enjoyed an international reputation for its luxury embroideries, produced for Europe’s greatest patrons including kings, queens, cardinals and popes. This study day will put embroideries in the exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masters of Medieval Embroidery under the microscope, examining their materials, techniques and design; the patrons and artists involved; and exploring the extraordinary images depicted on them. Leading experts in the field will discuss these questions in what promises to be a fascinating afternoon.

With exhibition curators Glyn Davies and Sally Dormer.

14.00 – 16.30, Saturday 12 November 2016

£35 full, £30 concessions, £15 students

 20160719161621_170Opus Anglicanum: An Introduction to Silk & Gold Embroidery, Workshop, Art Studio @V&A Museum, Saturday 12 November, 10.30 – 16.30

WORKSHOP: Learn the secrets behind the beautiful embroidery techniques of Opus Anglicanum as seen in this exhibition. Sarah will guide you step by step through split stitch fillings, surface couching and underside couching with gold threads on an Opus Anglicanum inspired piece of your own, in this one day introduction to medieval embroidery. All materials included.

Saturday 12 November, 10.30 – 16.30

£92.00, £73.60 concessions

(Lead Image: The Steeple Aston Cope 1330-40 (detail). The Rector and Churchwardens of St Peter and St Paul, Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire. On long term loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.)

Seminar: Professor Jean-Claude Schmitt on ‘Les rythmes au Moyen Âge (Rhythms in the Middle Ages)’ Monday 18 January 2016

The first UCL Iinterdisciplinary Medieval And Renaissance Seminar of 2016 will be held at  6.15pm Monday 18 January 2016.

Professor Jean-Claude Schmitt will be presenting his new book, Les rythmes au Moyen Âge (Rhythms in the Middle Ages).



Unlike previous UCL IMARS seminars this will take place in the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL in the Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL.

It will, of course, be followed by a wine reception.

The IMARS programme for next term is available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mars/seminars-lectures/imars

Events: Dante’s Inferno/Underground Medieval London (KCL Arts & Humanities Festival ‘underground’, London, 15-24 October 2014)

Dante’s Inferno/ Underground Medieval London
KCL Arts & Humanities Festival, ‘underground’
London, 15-24 October 2014

The KCL Arts & Humanities Festival, ‘underground’, will be taking place 15-24 October 2014. The following events, sponsored by CLAMS (Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies) may be of particular interest:

Dante’s Inferno: a marathon reading
17th October, 1pm-7pm
This event, which will take place in the college Chapel, will involve the whole of Dante’s Inferno, in Robin Kirkpatrick’s translation, being read over the course of six hours by over 30 volunteers, interspersed with appropriate musical interruptions.

Underground Medieval London: Performance
21st October 10am-12pm, St Etheldreda’s Church, 14 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY
The first in a series of events exploring Underground Medieval London: drop-in to the atmospheric crypt of St Etheldreda’s Church in Ely Place to see a site-specific performance from the Irish artist Ceara Conway. Working with a group of PhD students from King’s College London, Ceara has created a performance piece for the thirteenth century crypt underneath St Etheldreda’s Church inspired by the location and the story of St Etheldreda.

Underground Medieval London: Guided Tours
21st October, 12-1pm and 5-6pm, starting at St Etheldreda’s Church, 14 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY
Take a journey through underground medieval London on a walking tour through the hidden medieval sights of central London with PhD students from King’s College London as your guides.The tour starts at the beautiful thirteenth century crypt of St Etheldreda’s, where you will hear about the severed hand of St Etheldreda, still kept in this church at the heart of the city of London. You will visit medieval inns, dubious medieval pubs, hidden crypts, and hear the story of the Knights Templar!

Underground Medieval London: Panel Discussion
21st October, 7.30-9pm, Old Committee Room Strand Campus
The Underground Medieval London series will conclude with a panel discussion on creative engagements with the medieval with Ceara Conway, Dr Josh Davies, Kathryn Maude and Jessica Barker.This an opportunity to hear Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway reflect upon her engagement with the medieval past in her work, she will also answer any questions about her specially commissioned performance for St Etheldreda’s crypt. Ceara will speak alongside academics who will discuss their creative responses to their own medieval research on the city, saint’s cults and devotional culture.

For the full programme of the festival and to book tickets, please visit the festival website.