News: Summer Art Exhibitions

The People’s Cathedral project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has enabled the Cathedral to engage two artists in residence to explore different aspects of this stunning building.  As the project draws to a close, we would like to invite our supporters to enjoy the results of their work at two previews, to celebrate this extraordinary stage in the life of Guildford Cathedral.

The Cabinet of Curiosity Studio

Exhibition Preview & talk: Thursday 8 June, 6.15pm

Caroline Collinge and Edmond Salter work together as specialists in origami forms and paper cutting as The Cabinet of Curiosity Studio.  Inspired by the Cathedral they have created a number of elements producing an architectural kit of parts, the first was based on the tower with the Guildford angel. This work formed the basis for a popular art workshop for children, held at the Cathedral, who made their own paper tower that the children then customised to reflect their own ideas of the Cathedral.  The ideas for some of their work originated from research into paper architectural models at the V & A Museum of Childhood. They explored a tradition within Spanish cultures for celebrating the building of a Cathedral or religious building with a paper toy model for people to make, a fitting process to mark the building works supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Additional paper cuts of the angel and the stag were the starting point for an alphabet book of the Cathedral, these have been developed into screen printed images and experiments with using geometric patterns found within the Cathedral architecture and interior to create a series of decorative illustrations.   Some of the illustrations have been used as greetings cards which are available in the Cathedral shop.  The exhibition will take the form of a studio, do come and explore it!  The Mayor of Guildford will be in attendance.

Richard Ellis, Architectural Photographer

Exhibition From Thursday 18 May

Richard Ellis is an artist and photographer, with particular interests in light and architecture.  Photography, of course, means ‘drawing with light’, and with the Cathedral conceived as a ‘temple of light’, Richard started the residency by photographing the building before repair works started, and then follow the works in progress.  We live in an age when our perception seems saturated by photography, and Richard has investigated some of the myths around this perception.  Richard also ran a very well attended practical photographic workshop at the Cathedral in the autumn of 2016 helping local professionals, students and enthusiasts with photographing building techniques.  As well as photographing the building, he seeks to use light in its own right, as a spiritual metaphor, spanning the Christian, Indian and Platonic traditions.   This will also be a component of his photographic work.  There will be exhibits in various media, including a film to aid our interpretation of building and the work that has taken place.

Exciting News: One of the images from Richards  residency at Guildford Cathedral won the British Institute of Professional Photography regional print competition in the Architecture Category.  It's a double image, with ultra-wide angle (12mm full frame) rectangular images from the same viewpoint, arranged in a cruciform shape - hence the dark corners.  See the link below to see the winning photograph

Art Exhibition Previews: event details

Guildford Cathedral would like to extend an invitation to those interested in art, photography, craft, heritage and architecture – and The People’s Cathedral project itself, there is a  special event on Thursday 8 June at 6.15pm for the launch of the Cabinet of Curiosity Exhibition.  The event will follow Evensong at 5.30pm, light refreshments will be served, there will be an opportunity to meet our Artists in Residence and they will give short talks at approximately 6.45pm.  Each event will continue until approximately 7.30pm.

The exhibitions will continue into the early summer, as the Cathedral is a working building it is occasionally necessary to limit access to the building, please check Cathedral website for viewing times.

RSVP: To help us plan these events, please register your interest by contacting Louise Kenyon 01483 547886.

Added Wednesday 5th April 2017