September 25th, 2016

Discover what makes Jesus’ eyes ‘twinkle’ at Coventry cathedral talk

Discover what makes Jesus’ eyes ‘twinkle’ at Coventry cathedral talk Discover what makes Jesus’ eyes ‘twinkle’ at Coventry cathedral talk
Head Conservator, Alison Lister, working on the tapestry. s
Updated: 3:15 pm, Jun 26, 2015

COVENTRIANS are being invited to discover the secrets of the Cathedral’s famous tapestry.

Following the completion of the recent conservation work on Coventry Cathedral’s ‘Christ in Glory’ tapestry, the Friends of the Cathedral group are hosting a lecture by the Conservator who managed the project.

Head Conservator, Alison Lister, will deliver the lecture – revealing some of the fascinating discoveries the team found about the tapestry, including what makes Jesus’ eyes ‘twinkle’.

Speaking about the event, Chairman of the Friends of Coventry Cathedral, Andrew Paine, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to host this lecture as this project really has captured the imagination of the visitors who were all very eager to see what was going on.

“It’s one of the most iconic pieces of art in the UK and certainly very striking.

“We hope many people will come to attend the lecture – I’m sure they’ll find it fascinating.”

The project, which was completed just before Easter, was the first phase of a two-phase conservation plan which included updating the access structure behind the tapestry to current health and safety requirements, a surface clean of both the front and rear of the fabric, and a close inspection of the iconic artwork to assess its future conservation needs.

After the lecture there will be a reception in the Chapel of Christ the Servant and the Lady Chapel, where guests will be able to meet and talk to the conservators.

Tickets for the event are £12.50 and available from the Cathedral website or from the Cathedral Gift Shop.