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Stars of Westgate - Part of the Gloucester Cathedral Quarter Cultural Programme, September 2022

 

A community takeover street party celebrating local people, culture, and heritage on Saturday the 10th of September, Noon to 4pm at Westgate Street, Gloucester.

Community members are invited to our street party where we will unveil a large textile artwork with hundreds of stars designed by local people. This will be a free, open street party style event for anyone and everyone to join. 

Throughout the street party, there will be a variety of entertainment, all from Gloucester, such as an open mic, live music, spoken word, history talks, exhibitions, reminiscing, and more.

Be a star on Westgate Street! 

We are running workshops at the Cathedral Quarter shop on 21 Westgate Street and with local partners inviting participants to design a star that represents them.

The textile artwork will be made up of hundreds of stars in paying homage to the area’s rich history of tailoring and millinery, making an impressive colourful splash on the high street. This will be hung over Shire Hall. 

Workshops every Friday as part of Westgate Action group (Time TBD) @ Community Hub on Archdeacon Street

13th Aug – Gloucester Cathedral (Time TBD) 

20th Aug – Gloucester Cathedral (Time TBD)

Star making packs are available to collect at the Cavern, Arts & Crafts Centre and Gloucester Community Hub to work on at home and dropped back to pick up points.

Join the Stars of Westgate Facebook group (below) for updated information about star making workshops. 

Meet our fabricator! 

Zoe helped us make the scrolls for the award-winning Scrolled Life Stories exhibition and has her own brilliant practice you can see on Mrs Bojingles1.
 
Meet our commissioned digital artists! 

Patrick Furness & Eddie Parker

Patrick has proposed an Audio/Video installation taking the community’s ‘stars’ and projecting mapping them inside the Cathedral. This will create a collaborative star map inside a place intended for contemplation, and temporarily pattern a historic community building with contemporary people’s thoughts and ideas. This projection system will allow people will be able to see their stars in real-time projected in the cathedral.

Submissions open for Westgate Stories! 

Over the last six months, Westgate Stories has been collecting and recording people’s memories of living and working on Westgate Street, within living memory. Thus far, it has uncovered a host of remarkable and precious memories, through formal and informal reminiscence sessions.

Some of the stories and more information can be found here.

Contact Marsha on: 07989 733870 or marsha.omahony@gmail.com

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Exhibitions and events happening during the community takeover with Voices Gloucester.

 

Working with Strike A LightGloucester City CouncilHistoric EnglandGloucester Culture Trust, Gloucester City Homes, and Applied Live Art Studios

For more information about Stars of Westgate click here

If you have any questions, contact Katrina McGonagle or R.M. Sánchez-Camus.

Part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone