Hand in hand: The artistic and spiritual life of Dame Werburg Welch (1894-1990)

5 April to 29 June

William Allen Gallery

Eileen Grace Welch entered the Benedictine Stanbrook Abbey in 1915 at the age of twenty, receiving the name of Werburg. Before entering Stanbrook she had trained at Bournemouth and Bristol Art School’s and on taking religious vows she was encouraged to continue her artistic career becoming known for her vestment designs, paintings and carvings. Having corresponded with Eric Gill and Desmond Chute her artistic style reflected the popular art-deco movement of the early 20thcentury. Often cited anonymously ‘A Benedictine of Stanbrook’, this exhibition will reveal the life and work of a truly hidden talent of our nation and will include textiles, paintings, wood carvings and prints.