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Very large portrait "The Venerable Bede" as a Museum centrepiece

‘WORLDSAPART’ 2000

‘WORLDSAPART’ 2000
The Venerable Bede - Portrait
Suspended, dimensions 250 x 175 x 175 cm
Bede’s World Museum, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, UK

WORDSAPART‘ 2000
Portrait of the Venerable Bede
Steel-mesh, dimensions 250 x 175 x 175 cm, suspended
Permanent installation, suspended as a centrepiece of the museum, which has been voted by the Independent as one of the 50 best museums in the UK.

This huge portrait is a sculpture representative of the “Venerable Bede” (an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth) for the wing of the Bede’s World Museum, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, UK.
The museum is dedicated to his life and the steelmesh portrait is installed in the atrium at the centre of a new wing.

The Venerable Bede still speaks through his writings as well as contemporary sculpture and also through music performances at the museum.”

"The life and work of the 7th-century monk known as the Venerable Bede may not sound enthralling" says Marie, "but Bede's World museum in Jarrow offers an absorbing insight into the scientist and historian's surprisingly cosmopolitan life."
The Independent: 12 Oct 2012
  • WORLDSAPART 2000 making face frontal
    WORLDSAPART 2000 making face frontal
  • WORLDSAPART 2000 making face geoff working behind
    WORLDSAPART 2000 making face geoff working behind
  • WORLDSAPART 2000 making face geoff
    WORLDSAPART 2000 making face geoff
  • WORLDSAPART 2000 making face ladder
    WORLDSAPART 2000 making face ladder
  • WORLDSAPART 2000 making face side
    WORLDSAPART 2000 making face side
  • WORLDSAPART 2000 making face
    WORLDSAPART 2000 making face
  • WORLDSAPART final
    WORLDSAPART final
  • WORLDSAPART installation ready default
    WORLDSAPART installation ready default
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    WORLDSAPART installation ready detail
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    WORLDSAPART installation ready2
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    WORLDSAPART installation ready3
  • WORLDSAPART making egypt1
    WORLDSAPART making egypt1
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    WORLDSAPART making egypt2
  • WORLDSAPART making frontal2
    WORLDSAPART making frontal2
  • WORLDSAPART making transport
    WORLDSAPART making transport
  • WORLDSAPART sepia bede
    WORLDSAPART sepia bede
  • WORLDSAPART side bede
    WORLDSAPART side bede
  • venerable bede sculpture poster
    venerable bede sculpture poster
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