Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

To End All Wars


A dynamic new art installation in the South West transept of Ely Cathedral, commemorating the impact of the First World War in Cambridgeshire. With a cascade of 100 banners, each an individual artwork and reminiscent of prayer flags, the installation forms a moving tribute to those involved in WW1. 1-28 Feb. Free admission.


Occasional all day sessions
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Contact Caroline if you are interested in modelling for us

The OuseLife Drawing group started in February 1997 with a small group of artists who met weekly amongst the woodworking machinery of the New from Old Bespoke Furniture workshop, and in the lofty heights of the former St Johnís Church, Little Ouse.

Growing in size to its current membership of 20 diverse artists, all living within a 15 mile radius of Ely, the group now meet weekly during term times in the old church at Little Ouse, and the Art Department of the City of Ely Community College. There is no tuition, the philosophy of the group being to provide a space, venue and a model to work in whichever way the artist chooses. The artists are constructively critical and supportive of each otherís work, allowing growth and change to occur.

The artists and the group exhibit regularly, including Cambridge Open Studios and the Old Fire Engine House, Ely, and most notably, five unique projects:
TIME HONOURED (2013), Old Fire Engine House, Ely.
BODY MOVED (2010), Babylon Gallery, Ely.
LIFE IN A BOX (2009), Haddenham Galleries, Cambridgeshire.
LIFE SIZE LIFE: Figures on Doors (2006), Babylon Gallery, Ely.
OUSE PORTRAITS: PEOPLE & PERCEPTIONS, (2001-2003): 50 portraits of people living and working in the Fens, including recorded interviews with the sitters. Babylon Gallery, Ely and tour venues in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

The life drawing sessions provide a regular practice, discipline and observation which are essential in developing the skills of the artists, laying the groundwork to take on the challenges that artists set themselves.

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