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Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi

Artist Yinka Shonibare has created six new quilt artworks for Hereford Cathedral
24th January 2019 - 1st June 2019


Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm (last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Internationally celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare has created six new quilt artworks for Hereford Cathedral, commissioned by Meadow Arts.

Creatures of the Mappa Mundi is inspired by one of Hereford Cathedral’s treasures, the Mappa Mundi (the largest medieval map of the world to survive to the present day). Shonibare has invited diverse Herefordshire groups of people to contribute to the project by coming together for sewing sessions, intended to spark debate on current hot topics, including the environment and immigration.

The Hereford Mappa Mundi is a remarkable artefact with rich illustrations, some depicting strange people and animals, drawn by artists from various myths or the exaggerated descriptions of travellers to far off lands. Shonibare was inspired by these creatures to create a series of figures both realistic and supernatural, for a series of textile hangings that will be shown at the Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi & Chained Library exhibition space from 24 January to 1 June 2019.

Meadow Arts and Hereford Cathedral invited a range of local groups to meet Studio Shonibare at the Cathedral Cloisters in October, to hear about the project. Groups from the Courtyard Hereford’s Creative Ageing project; Diploma in Art & Design students from Hereford College of Arts; Rose Tinted Rags and charity for disabled people, Echo, took part in the project. The aim is to stimulate lots of interesting discussions about the environment and immigration. A short film of the process accompanies the artwork.


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The current Hereford Cathedral, located at Hereford in England, dates from 1079. Its most famous treasure is Mappa Mundi, a mediƦval map of the world dating from the 13th century. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.

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