What do you bring to the table?
A community project and art installation at St Edmund’s, Roundhay, Easter 2018. The installation will remain for the Roundhay Artists Open Studios event on May 6th and 7th
by David Honeybone with ceramics by Margaret Glackin
Inspired by images of The Last Supper, the table in the Chancel is laid for 13 people. At each of 11 places there is a book briefly telling the story of how one member of the Church has come to be part of this community. Each of them chose a chair to stand at their place, directly or indirectly connected to their story. At the two other places, for Jesus and Judas, there are empty books, suggesting perhaps that although we think we know the stories of those two people, there are many stories still to be understood or yet to be written. The chair and the stool at these places were chosen to represent this point: one chair is from an obvious place, the other’s origin will be a mystery.
Visitors to the church are invited to sit at the table, open the books, read the stories, and contemplate what you bring to the table.
Thank you to all those who took part, Rev’d Nigel Wright, and Rev’d Claire Corley for their support and encouragement, Lynette Willoughby for assistance with making the books, and Margaret Glackin for supplying the plates and goblets.
Inspiration from other artists includes Ai Weiwei, Fairytale – 1001 Chairs in the Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party (1974-79) and Louise Ann Wilson’s site specific walking performances (www.louiseannwilson.com).