Art in August – *New Exhibition*

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St Augustine’s is welcoming fans of art and culture throughout August, with a display of work by London artists in the west cloister.

There are various kinds of art, from glass to printing to etching to watercolours. Many of the works have been inspired by the beautiful Gothic style of Pugin at St Augustine’s, and compliment the newly-restored Victorian stained glass.

The brand new display opened on Friday 2nd August, running until Sunday 31st August. Visitors will be able to admire the artistic creations in the east cloister. St Augustine’s has three cloisters, one containing the vibrant terracotta Stations of the Cross by De Beule (1893), one under repair, and the other will contain the exhibition.

This is a new venture for St Augustine’s, as the site is itself such a wonderful work of art. The works, as you can see, complement Pugin’s creation very well. It means that St Augustine’s is taking a pro-active approach to art, and we hope that it will encourage people to look at the art at to create art themselves. As St Augustine’s becomes a centre for artistic talent, we hope to encourage artists across a range of media, and to welcome more and more people to see the permanent and other art available to admire here.

The artworks on display are available for sale. Please contact the Stewards if you are interested.

The artists and their materials are as follows:

Karen Butti – Embroidered textiles

Nick Haseltine – Screenprinting

Juliet Johnson – Coloured and etched glass

John Richards – Pen and ink, watercolour

Paul Sharrock – Etching, digital prints, linoprints

DON’T FORGET: Cantate Chamber Choir concert – 7.30pm – St Augustine’s – 12th July

Don’t forget to book for CANTATE CHAMBER CHOIR concert on 12th July!

St Augustine’s — 7.30pm — Pimm’s and summer refreshments included!

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Cantate Chamber Choir will perform a wonderful set of music in honour of the Patron Saint of the Isle of Thanet, St Mildred.

The concert will be at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, on Saturday 12th July at 7.30pm

In the interval Pimm’s and other summer refreshments will be served in the Garth Cloister Garden (included in the price), and the second half of the concert will be sung outside.

It promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

Tickets are £10, and the price includes interval refreshments.

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Tickets are available from 01843 592071, or by e-mailing office@augustineshrine.co.uk, or on the door.

Sat 12th July – 7.30pm – St Augustine’s, Ramsgate

Schools: Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School on Retreat at St Augustine’s

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, held its Year 10 retreat at St Augustine’s on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th June 2014, bringing its pupils to Ramsgate for the first time. Half the year came on Thursday, and the other half on Friday.

The main features of the day had the pupils put into two groups. One group watched a film telling the story of St Augustine and his place in English history – the film was partly shot in St Augustine’s itself. The other group was halved again, and taken on tours of the site. One group was led by the Rector and the other by the Centre Manager. These tours gave the pupils an appreciation of Pugin and his creation, and the meanings of the many items and designs in St Augustine’s.

For many of the boys this was their first explicit encounter with Gothic Revival architecture, and they were told about its symbolism, and its value to the nation. This was part of a great cultural education for them. They were also told about Augustus Pugin, his links with the Houses of Parliament, and his connection to Ramsgate. Many boys were fascinated by his tomb, here in St Augustine’s.

After the tours Fr Marcus gave a short talk to the pupils. CVMS is a Catholic school for boys, and so this talk was on the nature of Catholicism in England, and its long history dating back to the Roman Empire and, later but most especially, to St Augustine’s mission in 597.

The talk was followed by a period of prayer led by the lead teacher, Mr. Kelly, then Mass was celebrated by Fr Marcus. The relic of St Augustine was venerated by the pupils and staff following Mass.

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Mass with pupils from the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

Fr Marcus said, “The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School retreat were excellent days. The boys seemed to engage with both the historical and spiritual aspects of their visit, and I hope they benefitted from their retreat. We very much look forward to welcoming them again, and expanding our provision to schools.”

The fundraising campaign for St Augustine’s to match fund a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant is ongoing and you can donate to it here. This will enable the construction of an Education, Research, and Visitor Centre which will greatly enhance school visits as well as opportunities for other groups, tourists, general public, and researchers to learn about and enjoy Pugin’s designs.

CANTATE Chamber Choir – concert – Music in Honour of St Mildred: 12th July

Cantate Concert - 12.7.14

Cantate Chamber Choir will perform a wonderful set of music in honour of the Patron Saint of the Isle of Thanet, St Mildred.

The concert will be at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, on Saturday 12th July at 7.30pm

In the interval Pimm’s and other summer refreshments will be served in the Garth Cloister Garden (included in the price), and the second half of the concert will be sung outside.

It promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

Tickets are £10, and the price includes interval refreshments.

Cantate logo

Tickets are available from 01843 592071, or by e-mailing office@augustineshrine.co.uk, or on the door.

Sat 12th July – 7.30pm – St Augustine’s, Ramsgate

 

 

The Architectural Works of A. W. N. Pugin – Dr Gerard Hyland Launches his Book at St Augustine’s

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Dr Gerard Hyland launched his new book at St Augustine’s on Saturday 7th June with a lecture in Pugin’s church and reception in the Cartoon Room next door. Dr Hyland’s book is the first ever gazetteer of all of Pugin’s buildings, and is a ground-breaking publication.

Dr Hyland’s talk was very informative, exploring Pugin, his life, his influences, his patrons, and his works. Dr Hyland demonstrated Pugin’s different architectural interests and styles, and showed how the styles of his buildings evolved over his career.

Pugin was said to have done 100 years’ work in 40 years, but Dr Hyland showed that the vast majority of Pugin’s work was done in just six years. He had at least 295 designs realised, and 84 unrealised, across five countries and two continents – and Dr Hyland suspects there are more to be discovered.

It was here in Ramsgate that Pugin accomplished his only building which was not interfered with by patrons. St Augustine’s was his pride and joy – “my own child” – built next to his home, The Grange. How appropriate, then, that the first collected volume of his architectural works was launched at St Augustine’s and celebrated next door at The Grange.

Dr Hyland has already written on Augustus Pugin’s son, Edward Pugin, and this catalogue is his latest contribution to the lively subject of Pugin studies.

As John Hardman said on Pugin’s death, “If you want to know him now, one must go to his Church-Tomb [St Augustine’s]”. Pugin’s legacy is his designs, and this volume is the first time all his buildings have been collected.

 

Dr Gerard Hyland’s book, The Architectural Works of A. W. N. Pugin: A Catalogue, is available at £35, published by Spire Books.

St Augustine Week in full swing

St Augustine Week is well under way and Ramsgate is celebrating one of its most important historic figures.

On Sunday 25th a concert was held, sung with very high musical standards by Victoria Consort, and was enjoyed by all who attended.

On Monday 26th Bishop Athanasius Schneider from Kazakhstan celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Shrine, and preached a sermon which inspired many. He was found to be a humble and holy man, who was very friendly to all. He seemed very interested to be toured around the site by the Rector, Fr Marcus Holden, before Mass.

The rest of the week has particular highlights, including a celebratory procession to St Augustine’s Cross, Ebbsfleet, from the Hugin Viking Ship; a tour of St Augustine’s stained glass; and a lecture on Pugin’s relationship to industrial production by Dr Jamie Jacobs.

All are welcome.

See the full programme here: St Augustine Week 2014 brochure

Phase 3 Begins!

This week Phase 3 of our restoration works began, which will see more of our roofs repaired and made watertight, and work to important windows. In particular, the Schoolroom’s roof will be repaired: it is currently in a very sorry state, but will eventually cover the entrance and main part of our Visitor Centre. The cloisters will also be worked on, including the windows which face on to the Garth. The Garth having been restored in the past year, Pugin’s original windows which look on to it will be repaired.

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Work has begun with the removal of the roof over the ‘yard’ between the Schoolroom and Sacristy.

The East Window – one of the glories of the site – will be removed to be repaired and cleaned before being carefully replaced. It is one of the windows that Pugin himself put in the church and catches the visitor’s eye with its intricate designs.

 

With St. Augustine’s Week coming up 25th-31st May, the work has been carefully planned to present as little disruption as possible. The cloisters will remain accessible even whilst work is being undertaken on the windows. The church will also be open as usual.

 

Phases 1 and 2 have secured the future of the church itself and its tower by repairing those roofs – often using Pugin’s original tiles and techniques. The tower had a completely new roof put on, after making do with a leaking temporary roof for many decades. The Garth was also re-done, with ground-level lighting installed, turf put down, and the well head capped with the original stone. A major project was undertaken on some of the windows to repair and replace some of the glass (in particular in the Lady Chapel and the windows of Saints Stephen and Lawrence), as well as the stonework and Pugin’s clever drainage system to remove condensation. These phases were completed at the beginning and end of 2013 respectively.

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The leaking ‘temporary’ roof from Phase 1

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Pugin’s tiles – and one missing!

 

We are looking forward to working with our new contractors, Universal Stone, and securing the future of more of site.