The Cross: designs and reflections

CrossPoster13An exhibition of works, talks and seminars by members of commission4mission in The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral from 17 April to 30 May 2017.

The exhibition is based on personal responses to the cross through designs, concept drawings, digital prints, wood & stone carvings, pottery & jewellery, paintings and drawings.

Exhibition free to attend. Open 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 at Art College and still remember the exciting designs that we students produced – mostly never seen outside the college.  Using the skills and inspiration of commission4mission members, many of whom have graduated from Art Colleges, I see an opportunity to challenge them to work on this simple commission with the prospect of a prestigious exhibition in Norwich to showcase their skills, talents and ingenuity.  I feel sure that this would interest and inspire general visitors to the cathedral as well, as those involved in Art and Design.

2006 English CrossThe cross as a Christian symbol offers a wide range of visual interpretations with many potential commentaries attached to its use. I anticipate that we will create an exhibition that will demonstrate a high quality of design and craftsmanship and give personal insights into what the cross means to the artists. There will be finished work, design concepts and background ideas.

As a Christian organization we recognise that the symbol of the cross is accessible to both peoples of faith and of no declared faith.  It may be of interest to include historical and cultural references: Greek, Latin, Jerusalem, Coptic, notions of Crucifix and ‘empty’‘ crosses within the display.’

2. A Dark Hope (detail)The exhibition will include work by: Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Irina Bradley, Christopher ClackJonathan Evens, Terry Ffyffe, Rob Floyd, Dorothy Gager, Maurizio Galia, Michael Garaway, John Gentry, Clorinda Goodman, Judy Goring, Deborah Harrison, Tim Harrold, Anthony HodgsonJean Lamb, Mark Lewis, David MillidgeVictoria NortonColin RichesHenry Shelton and Peter Webb. In addition, a church congregation project is being created by members of St Mark’s Church, Oulton Broad, who are contributing individual crosses for a large banner to be displayed at this exhibition as well as in their church.

the-cross-exhibition---eventPictured: A design for an altar cross for a private chapel. Materials – Blue-finished forged steel and gilded brass.