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Shrovetide artwork goes on display

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 15, 2012

Shrovetide art

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NEW artwork depicting the traditional Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is now on display at a town centre gallery.

The 1930s travel-poster style piece melds a number of significant Shrovetide themes in to a colourful modern artwork.

Created by artist, Martyn Overs, the prints are now on sale at St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne.

Gallery owner, Rob Watkins, said: “It’s great to have something to do with Shrovetide because it’s such an Ashbourne tradition.

“It’s a real event and a real thing for the people in the town.

“Although it’s quite traditional, it’s a poster in a modern style, beautifully done.

“It’s very simple and colourful and captures the essence of the event.” The posters, which are headed with Shrovetide 2012, feature the hug, a Shrovetide ball, the gallows and St Oswald’s church.

Mr Overs, who now lives at Clifton, said: “After spending years doing 3D work, I’m reinventing myself and getting back to my passion and my own work.

“I’ve always had an interest in the travel posters of the 1930s. You have to rationalise the colour right down so the fewer colours the better it is; and I was trying to get in lots of the key ingredients of Shrovetide.

“I think it’s absolutely fabulous to have my work exhibited in the town centre.”

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