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The GAP Arts - Artists-in-Residence Exhibition

Artworks at Shakespeare's Birthplace and Shakespeare's New Place

The GAP Arts - Artists-in-Residence Exhibition

Three artists from diverse backgrounds including Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have created new artworks that bring fresh perspectives to the life and work of the world’s most famous writer. Now on display in his family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace and his final home, Shakespeare's New Place, will each play host to a new exhibition this summer, inspired by explorations of places the Bard once called home in the town, and the collection that has been preserved and curated since his death.

Artworks at Shakespeare's New Place

Zimbabwean-born Rumbi Sabanhu has taken inspiration from the fauna and flora present across our properties and in the collection to create imaginative illustrations to explore the impact of childhood stories on the imagination of the young boy who would grow up to be Shakespeare, the playwright.

Hassan Rahmani, an Afghan artist has used traditional kite-making skills he learnt as a child in the mountains surrounding his home city of Mazar-i-Sharif to explore the way silk and stories from his home region have travelled here before him, and may have influenced Shakespeare in his lifetime.

Artworks at Shakespeare's Birthplace

Inspired by the artistic representations of the plays themselves found in our collection, including costume designs from the likes of Ralph Koltai and Salvador Dali as well as by the work of John Hutton, Birmingham-based artist Robbie Dalal has created a new illustrated card game that will help people learn about Shakespeare’s characters through play.

This project has been jointly developed between Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust and The GAP, a young people’s arts organisation in Balsall Health, Birmingham.

The GAP Artist-in-Residence exhibition at both Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Shakespeare’s New Place is on display now and is included in your admission. This project was made possible by Arts Council England.

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