Launching the Ship of Bones and the Dry Bones Live community art project at Discover DeCrypt

Published: Thursday May 25, 2017
Jake Lever’s Ship of Bones, Silver leaf and mixed media, May 2017

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester,  is now open Monday to Saturday between 12 noon and 2.00pm.

We have a busy season of events and activities ahead, including concerts, storytelling, art workshops, a Family Treasure Trail and lots of pirates….

As we begin our final summer season before closing for capital works in September, we have been thinking about regeneration, about how heritage can be reclaimed and resurrected and what this means for our community.  How does heritage connect us to the past?  And how can that past help us to understand ourselves and our communities today?  What might we want to protect and preserve as our gift to the future?

To explore and engage with these ideas we will be launching a two-year community art project Dry Bones Live with artist Jake Lever.  The starting point for our imagery is Ezekiel 37: 1-3 The hand of YHWH was upon me, and it carried me away by the Spirit of YHWH and set me down in a valley – a valley of bones. God made me walk up and down among them. And I saw that there was a vast number of bones lying in the valley and they were very dry. God asked me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’  Looking forward to the dry bones of our buildings receiving new life, we invite participants to consider some of the questions we have been exploring: what connections are important for you?  What is precious to you? What story would your bone tell? And what gifts would you give to the future?

Participants will be invited to create their own 3D ‘WishBone’ using our template and personalise it with their own words, drawings, colours, collage or any other medium. The WishBones will be gathered into our ‘Ship of Bones’, created by Jake, which will become part of the re-opening ceremony in 2019 as the buildings take on their new life. We launched the art project – and the boat on 27-29 May. WishBones will be available throughout the summer from the church or the Project Office and there will be special bone-making workshops in June, July and September.

Do come and take part!

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