Some of our pupils were already familiar with the Abbey having either visited it with the school or their family.However, through this project, they have all learnt more about this beautiful and historic church and the various roles it plays within the city.I’m so proud of our combined efforts, both the students and my fellow stitchers have really worked hard on our different pieces to create something that’s bright, colourful and eye-catching but is also meaningful, and we can’t wait to see it all come together.” In addition to artwork inside the church, the external hoardings surrounding the Abbey will be decorated with artwork by local schools.The hoardings will also feature information and colourful graphics about the Footprint project including a series of characters from the Abbey’s past introducing the new spaces and facilities that the project will create.Rather than leaving these plain and unadorned, staff at Bath Abbey decided to make the most of the hoardings by inviting school children and a local community group to create artwork for these.Ollie Taylor, Head of Interpretation, Learning and Engagement at Bath Abbey, who worked with the schools and St John’s Foundation on the artwork projects, said: “Footprint is very much a project with people at its heart.
We really appreciate the support of everyone involved, those who gave generously or turned up on the day to cheer us on.
The money raised will help the Abbey’s Footprint project to secure the Abbey building and improve our hospitality, worship and service to the city, as well as support the Genesis Trust in its shared mission to offer hope, support and a future to homeless and vulnerable people in Bath.” Participants had to climb 212 steps to the top of the tower, taking in stunning views, before abseiling three-quarters of the way to the bottom.
They were cheered on by supporters at ground level.
The schools’ artwork was supported by a grant from the Theatre Royal Bath Creative Fund.
Charlotte Buckley, a teacher at St Andrew’s Church School, said: “The children have really enjoyed working on this wonderful project.