Wassa - A feast of folklore, fiction and fact

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Wassa by Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson 2 detail

A historic manor house in Washington, Tyne and Wear, Washington Old hall is the site of a new art installation bringing together a cast of historical and mythical characters associated with the building and its local area – including George Washington, the first president of the United States.

The Great Hall is the site of a new art installation bringing together a cast of historical and mythical characters associated with the building and its local area, including George Washington, the first president of the United States.

Named after the Anglo-Saxon family of Wass, it was created by artists Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson. Made mainly of papier-mâché and ceramics it takes the form of a fantasy medieval feast attended by guests plucked from local folklore fiction and fact…

Dominic Watson explains: “As you enter the Old Hall, which dates back to the 13th century, you’ll be faced with a grand banquet table laden with pies, jellies and drinks. Seated at the table are a group of colourful characters who all have a link with Washington Old Hall, over its hundreds of years of history.

“The installation is partly based on fact but it’s also steeped in stories and half-truths which have been passed down through generations and which we’ve learnt about as we’ve researched the Hall and the town of Washington.”

Information on how to book tickets will be released once Washington Old Hall can safely open.

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