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Artists invited to apply for Drawing Residency at St. Mary’s

15th April 2019
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Artists are being invited to apply for a drawing Residency at St. Mary’s Church this summer to help record the major conservation works as they take place. The residency aims to capture the interior wallpaintings and unique architectural features of St. Mary’s.

Up to three practicing artists will be offered the chance to undertake a residency over a 6 week period for a minimum of 2 days a week between June and October 2019. Although the residency is based on observational drawing in the church, artists can interpret their work in any medium. To qualify they will need to practice in the area of contemporary drawing and be over 19 years of age.

The residencies are voluntary positions but artists will be able to exhibit their work in a special 6 week exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in early 2020.

Artists based in Swindon and Wiltshire are particularly welcome to apply. For an application form please contact

Paul Gardner, Chair of St. Mary’s Conservation Project says:

The residencies provide a unique and exciting opportunity to capture the conservation of the wallpaintings as they are revealed and the spirit of St. Mary’s. Our 21st century artist’s record will follow in the footsteps of the medieval wall painters and successive generations of artists who have recorded the rich history and treasures of St Mary’s.