Margaret Agnes Rope
12 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
Showcasing the vivid stained glass designs of the talented Shrewsbury artist.
Margaret Agnes Rope was quite remarkable for her era. Born in 1882 at a time where women were largely suppressed, she enjoyed smoking cheroot cigars and riding motorbikes and wore her hair daringly short. She didn't rely on financial backing from a patron, rich family or husband; instead she funded her own career, often working from home rather than a studio.
Highly modern and incredibly striking, her stained glass work was installed in churches and cathedrals in Suffolk, South Wales, Scotland, Australia and South Africa. Yet just a few years after achieving success she chose to become a Catholic nun and moved into an enclosed convent. From here she continued to work in a small studio provided by the other sisters.
Rope was an intensely private person; she left barely any records, and even asked that some of her remaining works be destroyed after her death. As a result, her achievements are little known. This exhibition brings together artefacts from all over the country, many of which have never been seen in public before.
Giant images of her finest stained-glass windows will be projected within the gallery space, bringing her designs from around the world to her home town.