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Stitches in Time: The Embroidery of Beryl Dean
St. Paul's Cathedral & The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street
30/03/2019 - 30/03/2019
Jubilee Cope by Beryl Dean credit Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral

Stitches in Time: The Embroidery of Beryl Dean - Saturday 30th March 2019
St Paul’s Cathedral and The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
Led by: Laura Moffat/Cela Selley

On Saturday 30 March there will be a study day on Beryl Dean, the pre-eminent ecclesiastical embroiderer of the late 20th Century. Dean’s work, spanning over 60 years, ranged from costume design and exhibition pieces to vestments and altar frontals for both British and American churches. Her exquisite technical skill and aesthetic eye, together with her passion and commitment to the art form, was developed by her teaching, and in 1955 she formed the Ecclesiastical Embroidery class at Hammersmith College. Students of Dean’s went on to undertake high profile commissions to both Dean's designs and their own. This study day will examine the context in which Dean’s output developed, her works that survive in both museums and churches, and her influence on contemporary needlework today. 

More information about Beryl Dean and her influence can be found at

The day begins with the option to view the Jubilee Cope (pictured) at St Paul’s Cathedral from where we shall walk to continue the day at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street.

Speakers include:
June Hill, curator and author of ‘Beryl Dean’ exhibition and catalogue
Diana Springall, embroiderer
Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director of the Embroider’s Guild
Diana Phillips, trustee of the Beryl Dean Trust
Elizabeth Elvin, embroiderer and former Head of the Royal School of Needlework
Peter Delaney, former Archdeacon of London

The day is organised and jointly hosted by Art and Christianity, the C20 Society and the Textile Society.

Meet at 9.15am by The Churchill Gates in the cathedral crypt, which is accessed by a door on the north side of the cathedral opposite to a Paul café to view cope at 9.30am.  10.30am start at Cowcross Street
Finish time: Approx 4.30pm
Members’ price: £40.00 (and concessions)    Non members: £50.00   (To include access to St. Paul’s Cathedral to view the Jubilee Cope, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch).

Mobile number for use on the day: 07948 971451 (this will not go on the website, but only in the booking confirmation email)

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