Portuguese artist dedicates major artwork to the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Published: 02 March 2017

Cristina Rodrigues a former resident of Manchester and Portuguese artist is preparing an art installation for Manchester Cathedral that will be inaugurated in the autumn of 2017.

Cristina’s project involves creating seven textile works for four of Manchester Cathedral’s altars and it is 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.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of 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. In the autumn of 2017, the work which Cristina is dedicating to the reign of Her Majesty 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 great sign of the Portuguese artist’s love of England and as a reminder of the oldest alliance of these two countries in the world.

As part of the preparation for receiving this gift, The Dean of Manchester will lead a delegation to Portugal on 9th March to meet with dignitaries and visit the workshop where the artwork is to be produced.

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