Dedication of Manchester Cathedral Altar Frontals

Date: Sunday 17 September 2017 (10.30am)

Cristina Rodrigues has created textile works for Manchester Cathedral’s altars as the product of a partnership with the Municipality of Castelo Branco, a town in the interior central area of Portugal, home to the sumptuous and noblest of Portuguese embroideries, known as the Castelo Branco Embroidery.

The name Cristina Rodrigues is not unfamiliar to Manchester, a city where she has lived, studied, worked and where she also began her career as an artist. In 2016, Cristina appeared on the cover of the January/February issue of the American magazine SCULPTURE.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s State Visit to Portugal. During this visit, the people of Portugal marked the occasion with an offering of a traditional bed spread embroidered in Castelo Branco especially for Her Majesty. Cristina is dedicating the altar frontals to the reign of Her Majesty. This will be presented in a solemn event at Manchester Cathedral, where it will remain before going on exhibition throughout the world. This gift from the People of Portugal also comes as a sign of the Portuguese artist’s love of England and as a reminder of the alliance between these two countries.

Please be aware that incense will be used during the service.

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