The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral
Making Space to Create Art
Artists have worked in different ways and spaces during this project. Here are some of their stories.
People involved in all levels of the daily life of the Cathedral, including office staff and the works force were intrigued by the developing work. An early comment was 'I didn't realise it was going to be such a big project and so long term.'
Jane Frost has been working in collaboration with the Cathedral Flower Guild to make vessels that will be integrated with flower arrangements during the exhibition. They will be placed at entrances to the Cathedral and under the Octagon.
Cary Outis laid a 133 x 313cm sheet of paper in the main Nave aisle to draw the building, attracting many admiring comments. He enjoyed people stopping to talk to him about what he was doing.
Other artists, aware of time restraints in people's busy lives, used their cameras to record people at work or drew their sitters in their chosen places so that they could work on the paintings in their own studios. Brian Wimble, inspired by Prior Crauden's Chapel and its Medieval floor depicting Adam and Eve, employed artist models to work from in his creation of a life size contemporary Adam and Eve.
Ricki Outis spent many hours accessing the historic Cathedral archives in the Cambridge University Library before returning to her studio to dye and print her stunning banners and scarves.
These varied and beautiful artworks will be on show in "The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral", an OuseLife exhibition, which runs from 6th April to 2nd May inclusive, in the South West Transept and with site specific pieces throughout the Cathedral.