St Benedict’s art students create Gothic altarpiece for project

Art teacher, Dominic Billing, and year 9 students have created a new altar front at St Benedicts Sch

Art teacher, Dominic Billing, and year 9 students have created a new altar front at St Benedicts School in Bury. - Credit: Archant

Art students have created a stunning Gothic altarpiece as part of a school project.

The Year 9 art group at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds completed a short project based on the Gothic revival designer Augustus Pugin.

The group task, involving 27 students, was to create an altarpiece to fit into an existing artwork used as part of regular worship. The frame for the piece is made from chipboard, cardboard and papiermache and contains ceramic images of saints including St Edmund and St Dunstan. The four compartments contain large engraved tiles based on 15th century Nottingham Alabasters showing scenes from the life of Christ. The side panels were created with 14 glazed tiles featuring a monogram popularly used in Suffolk churches during the late Middle Ages.


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