Delapré Abbey Public Art Festival

25th May 2019
27th May 2019

11:00 – 16:00

Delapré Abbey, London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AW

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Forecast. An exhibition of works by year one BA Fine Art students from the University of Northampton.

This year we are excited to once again be working with the Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust. Delapré Abbey opened to the public in March 2019 following a three year restoration project and has since welcomed thousands of visitors and hosted a variety of public events celebrating 900 years of history and a role as Northampton’s newest historic attraction.

The 2019 FORECAST Public Art Festival will offer a preview of the newly refurbished building as well as providing a showcase for the collected creativity of 1st Year BA Fine Art students from the University of Northampton. Participating artists will be offering tours of the building and introducing their artworks, which respond to Delapré Abbey’s rich heritage and unique character. The results are as diverse as Delapré Abbey itself, and include sculpture, print, text, photography, installation and video artworks, as well as pieces that defy such categories.

One can identify a number of common concerns and themes emerging, most notably to various periods including Delapré Abbey’s early life as a Cluniac Nunnery and its stewardship by the Bouverie family; and to specific events such as the creation of the Eleanor Cross by Edward I.  The wealth and privilege of such a site is also explored, with connections made between the landowning classes and transient populations and the poor, and with the assimilation of disparate cultures. Lastly, the physical complexity of the building is acknowledged in several artworks, its numerous alterations, additions and makeovers explored. This includes the recent restoration process itself – the latest but not final evolution of Delapré Abbey.

Adult entrance fee – £8 

Under 19s – Free 

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