1. I am curious if the art projects relate back to Norton Priory and its history. It has changed significantly from when I was child to now and some of the modifications adaptations rather than the original, although certain elements do remain. I remember when the archeaologists first went in and started to unearth the sandstone graves, many of which have since been moved. A family day out with my family we looked at these strange hollowed out sandstone blocks in the ground. My eldest sister, Lucia, lay down next to one, as we all questioned what they were and as Lucia rested by it my Mother shrieked, ‘Oh! My God! Horrible! It is a grave!’ The shape was more like for a peg doll with a head outline then a straight outer for the rest of the body. Several years on, as a teenager, later doing cross country (which I hated) that went along side the priory and then through Haddocks wood and arriving back covered in mud up my legs. Another decade later then taking my oldest neice and playing a search game with her to find the contemporary sculptures they had started to install through out the foliage in the priory grounds. She had two cat back packs and I ‘had’ to wear one on my neices orders for the day out their. The remainder we ran to the large bell and looked around to ensure no one was about and her and I pushed hard so it would ring and then run a few feet to hide momentarily to see if anyone was coming (the bell wasonce installed into the priory, and now set at ground level). Maybe, I should have known better, someone in their late twenties and a five year old. It was fun. Anyway, the priory means something other to me coming from Runcorn and I am interested to see how the artists display their work, as their are some exceptional practitioners in this upcoming exhibition there.


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