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Spectacular Shields

Sun 30 April 2023, 10.30am2.30pm

Spectacular Shields

Come along to create a decorated shield, and join us on a mini-procession around the grounds of Compton Verney, with artist Lucy Wright.

Inspired by the carnival costumes on display in the gallery as part of the Making Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain exhibition, we’ll be making our own painted and collaged shields to tell the world who we are and what we believe in!

Sessions will be taking place at:

10:30am – 12pm
1pm – 2:30pm

Please book in advance to secure a place.

£5 per participant
To attend this event, a valid day ticket or membership is also required.
All materials provided, recommended for ages 5 and up

Lucy Wright is an artist based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Following a stint as the lead singer in BBC Folk Award-nominated act, Pilgrims’ Way, she turned her attention to exploring the ‘hidden’ folk arts of the UK and beyond. Identifying that many of the most overlooked traditions were practiced by women and girls, she has made it her mission to advocate for lesser-known customs and to re-imagine the existing folk canon to better reflect the gender and racial diversity of contemporary Britain. She believes that folk—as the things we make, do and think for ourselves—matters now more than ever.

Lucy has a PhD from Manchester School of Art, is Visiting Research Fellow in Folklore at University of Hertfordshire and her work has been supported by Meadow Arts, Daiwa Foundation, and UNESCO, to name just a few!

To find out more, please visit

This event accompanies the exhibition Making Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain. It is generously supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Please read about the contemporary arts public program here.