Artist in Residence

As part of the People's Cathedral Project two artists in residence, (the first at Guildford Cathedral), were appointed to both capture and interpret the capital build and transformation during a period of great change. The Artists recorded and communicated the onsite activity, generating interest and understanding.

With assistance from Laura Moffatt, Director of Art and Christianity Enquiry, the Dean of Guildford Cathedral and the People’s Cathedral Project Executive the 100 applicants were whittled down to a pool of 9 and finally Caroline Collinge & Edmond Salter from Cabinet of Curiosity Studio and Richard Ellis were appointed.

Residency 1: Caroline Collinge & Edmond Salter; Cabinet of Curiosity Studio

Cabinet of Curiosity Studio are a visual art, design & architecture partnership working across installation, film and performance. Their work incorporates handcraft, digital technology, research & storytelling.


Our involvement as artists in residence in the People's Cathedral Project has had a significant impact on the professional development of our artistic practice. Researching the rich cultural history of Guildford Cathedral has given us insight into the design process followed by Edward Maufe and Prudence Maufe which we have fed into our own design work. The textiles and architecture within the Cathedral have inspired us to introduce painted colours and patterns into our paper folding practice that has now become one of our signature techniques. The residency enabled us to explore the crossover between architecture and textiles to make a new body of work in response to a significant architectural site. As a direct result of undertaking this commission we have been selected for further commissions that involves research, working with communities and making a final exhibition. As an example, we have just been shortlisted for a National Trust commission that if selected would involve a residency at Castle Drogo, one of the last castles build in the UK. Our positive experience at Guildford Cathedral will inform the direction of future commissions that involve an artistic interpretation of a  historical building with public engagement.

Residency 2: Richard Ellis 

Richard Ellis is a visual artist and specialist photographer. His work focusses on architecture, interiors and the built environment. Having originally studied architecture, Richard has unique insights into buildings and construction.


As a result of the residency Richard Ellis was awarded a Licentiateship by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). This was Richard's first BIPP and a direct result of an image he took during his residency. BIPP qualifications are among the most rigorous in the world requiring hard work, determination, commitment and lots of creativity.


In August 2017 the People's Cathedral Project was completed. The information on these webpages are for reference and interest only.