Lost murals by Evelyn Gibbs restored at Bilborough church

The Murals at St Martins Church

Murals thought to have been the only ones produced by Evelyn Gibbs have been restored at St Martins Church in Bilborough.

The murals, painted by the English artist, were thought to have been destroyed but were rediscovered back in 2009 in the ceiling of the church.

The Church was given a grant of £744,000 by the English Heritage trust to replace the murals as well as renovate other aspects of the building.

Evelyn Gibb: Profile

– Appointed lecturer at Goldsmiths’ College in London but was evacuated to Nottingham at the start of World War 2

-Founded the Midland Art Group in 194

-The group painted five murals at five locations across Nottinghamshire but the murals at St Martins Church, completed in 1946 are thought to be the only ones that have survived.

-Several of her works are kept at the Imperial War Museum in London

– After the war she married Hugh Willatt, founder of the Nottingham Playhouse and later Secretary General of the Arts Council.

See more examples of her work here

Hilary Wheat, churchwarden and leader of the renovation project said: “I think people will agree that the new murals are very beautiful.”

“As a child the paintings were really important to me with their bright colours.”



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