Creative Threads brings spectacular colour to Bury’s cathedral

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085355009
Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085355009
  • Mecha Morton

St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s impressive interior has had a bright, temporary, makeover thanks to its Creative Threads exhibition.

The work of artistic schoolchildren from across Suffolk has brought new colour to the building, using fabrics and prints often hung on existing structures in the building, such as pillars and the font.

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085605009

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085605009

The Creative Threads exhibition, which ran for nine days until Wednesday, was themed around growth, looking at two interpretations of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich’s focus on Growing in God with the lifelong growth of the Christian faith of The Queen.

Children aged five to 15 designed works, taking a tree theme, at school, which meant even the creators of some of the taller works had not seen their finished glory until they were installed in the cathedral.

Diocesan education officer, Helen Woodroffe, said: “That’s why we had so many visitors. In a week and a half we had 3,000 visitors and 1,000 of those were children from the schools.”

Children also created prints y, inspired by patterns from ecclesiastical and monarchical robes, which ran for two weeks in the neighbouring Edmund Galler.

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085343009

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085343009

Helen added: “It is wonderful to be able to showcase the skills and spirituality of our children and young people.”

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085701009

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085701009

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085842009

Creative Threads exhibition at the Cathedral ANL-160620-085842009