Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi – Mandragora

Courtesy the artist & Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by Meadow Arts, 2018. Photo by Stefan Handy at Hereford Cathedral.

Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi - Monocules

Courtesy the artist & Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by Meadow Arts, 2018. Photo by Steve White.

Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi - Cicone Gentes

Courtesy the artist & Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by Meadow Arts, 2018. Photo by Stefan Handy at Hereford Cathedral.

Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi - Alerion and Satyrs

Courtesy the artist & Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by Meadow Arts, 2018. Photo by Stefan Handy at Hereford Cathedral.

Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi - Gigantes

Courtesy the artist & Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by Meadow Arts, 2018. Photo by Steve White.

Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi - Gigantes

Courtesy the artist & Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by Meadow Arts, 2018. Photo by Stefan Handy at Hereford Cathedral.

Yinka Shonibare - Creatures of the Mappa Mundi

24 January - 1 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 8 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.

 

See also: Yinka Shonibare interviewed by Francine Stock 24 January 2019

 

Supported by Herefordshire’s a Great Place, a Herefordshire Cultural Partnership cultural development project delivered by Rural Media. Great Place is co-funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery, with support from Historic England.

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Venue

Hereford Cathedral
5 College Cloisters
Cathedral Close
Hereford
Herefordshire
HR1 2NG
01432 374200
office@herefordcathedral.org
www.herefordcathedral.org/

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

The exhibition, cafe and shop are closed on Sundays and Good Friday

Accessibility

The main cathedral and exhibition space, which houses the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a charge to enter the exhibition, but carers are entitled to free access. There is an interactive tactile model of the Mappa Mundi, with a description of key parts of the map, as well as Braille. Braille guides to the exhibition are available to borrow, and there is also a large tactile map of the Mappa Mundi. Although there is not a separate audio guide, there is an audio commentary on the video about the Mappa Mundi.

For accessibility information about other parts of the cathedral, please click here.