The exhibition is based on personal responses to the cross through designs, concept drawings, digital prints, wood & stone carvings, pottery & jewellery, paintings and drawings.
The exhibition is free to attend. It will be open from 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am – 3.00pm on Sundays.
Harvey Bradley, who is curating the exhibition, writes:
“Years ago I studied silversmithing and still remember the exciting designs that we students produced – mostly never seen outside the college. We have used the enthusiasm and inspiration of commission4mission members, many of whom have graduated from Art Colleges, to create this prestigious exhibition in Norwich, showcasing their skills, talents and ingenuity. I feel sure that this will interest and inspire general visitors to the cathedral, as well as those involved in Art and Design”.
The cross as a Christian symbol offers a wide range of visual interpretations with many potential commentaries attached to its use. We also recognise that the symbol of the cross is accessible to both peoples of faith and of no declared faith.
Our exhibition demonstrates a high quality of design and craftsmanship and gives personal insights into what the cross means to the artists. There will be finished work, design concepts and background ideas. Included are historical and cultural references to Greek, Latin, Jerusalem and Coptic versions of this powerful symbol.”
The exhibition includes work by: Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Irina Bradley, Jonathan Evens, Terry Ffyffe, Rob Floyd, Dorothy Gager (USA), Maurizio Galia (Italy), Michael Garaway, John Gentry, Michelle Gillam-Hull, Clorinda Goodman, Judy Goring, Deborah Harrison, Tim Harrold, Anthony Hodgson, Jean Lamb, Mark Lewis, David Millidge, Victoria Norton, Colin Riches, Janet Roberts, Henry Shelton and Peter Webb. In addition, a church congregation project has been completed by members of St Mark’s Church, Oulton Broad, Suffolk where people of all ages contributed individual crosses for a large banner to be displayed at this exhibition, as well as later in their church.
commission4mission is also organising a programme of art talks during the exhibition. These will include interpretations of The Cross in contemporary art and culture, exploration of issues in contemporary commissioning, and an exposition on themes from ‘The Bridge’ using spoken word, poetry and song.
The programme begins with ‘Understanding abstraction as a door to the spiritual’. On Thursday April 20th in The Hostry, Mark Lewis will offer thoughts about the way in which abstraction, particularly in its non-objective form, can give access to spiritual experience or awareness. In doing so, he will use his works included in ‘The Cross’ exhibition to illustrate his thoughts and ideas.
‘Icons in the Making’, a talk by Dr Irina Bradley will be held at 5.00pm, Saturday 29 April, in the Weston Room. This lecture will explore the history of Byzantine art as well as the icon painting process with its rich symbolism and spirituality. Dr Bradley is a scholar and an icon painter, who was awarded a PhD for her thesis Spiritual Striving in Icon Painting with the emphasis on images of St George and the Dragon and a series of icons and contemporary paintings she created. Upon her graduation Dr Bradley’s work was exhibited at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where she undertook her studies and where she is a visiting tutor for the MA and general public programs. Dr Bradley’s work is worldwide including churches, private chapels and private collections.