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Celebrating 1,300 years!

A community art project marking the 1,300th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym has been completed and installed in the church grounds. 

The ‘Hands in Prayer’ initiative, an art installation made up of 1,300 clay hand clasps, is now on display. 

The scheme is the brainchild of art teachers from Redmaids’ High School working with Father André Hart, Church Vicar at Holy Trinity. Head of Art, Beth Sims, said: “With this hugely important event in the life of the church, we wanted to bring the community together and create an inspiring work of art that would be a lasting tribute. 

“It was inspired by a number of artists and exhibitions including the commemorative poppies at the Tower of London by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper,” Mrs Sims added.

Taking the hand cast involved squeezing a small round piece of soft clay between two hands in a position of prayer. A silent thought, prayer or good luck wish was added at the same time. The casts were then mounted onto a wooden dowel, left to dry and fired in a kiln, turning the clay from grey to pure white.

More than 1,100 clay casts have already been collected from junior and senior students at Redmaids’ High and members of the church congregation.  

Date Posted: 15 June 2017
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