Artists from across the UK and beyond are joining with St Edmund’s, Roundhay for a unique exhibition celebrating the centenary of Sir Hubert Parry’s much-loved anthem, ‘Blake’s Jerusalem’.
Entitled ‘And Did Those Feet’, the exhibition runs from Saturday 30 April - Tuesday 24 May and includes work from Shaeron Caton-Rose, renowned French-Canadian comic book artist Guy Delisle, Birmingham-based painter Eddy Aigbe and Bradford’s Eva Mileusnic - alongside text-based prints made by local school children.
The show includes sculpture, painting and drawing, and explores some of the themes raised by William Blake’s utopian vision as well as the song’s fascinating history.
Exhibition curator Si Smith says, ‘Written in 1916 as a patriotic anthem to boost flagging morale during WWI, Hubert Parry’s musical adaptation of Blake’s poem is a song with a fascinating history, full of intriguing contradictions. It has been sung at both Labour and Conservative Party conferences, at rugby league internationals and royal weddings, by Billy Bragg and on the Last Night of the Proms.
"And, of course, William Blake’s original text is full of allegorical language and visions of fiery chariots and dark satanic mills. It suggests the apocryphal tale of the young Christ’s visit to Glastonbury, and is ultimately an exhortation to artists and young people to see England reimagined and rebuilt as a kind of Heaven-on-Earth."
During the exhibition there will also be workshops and artists’ Q & A sessions.
Details and timings here.
St Edmund's Church, Lidgett Park Road, Roundhay LS8 1JN.