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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.

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.”

Wassa, 21 May – 31 October 2021 (opening date subject to change depending on COVID-19 roadmap) Washington Old Hall, National Trust, The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 7LE.