Viewpoint Blog Post #5: “Playing With Light”

Portsmouth Cathedral is well known as a venue for art shows and exhibitions.  This autumn, the “Viewpoint” project will invite three artists to spend ten days in the cathedral environs, exploring the theme of ‘faiths connected’.  In this latest update, Viewpoint curator Sharon Court shares the latest news on the Viewpoint project:

There’s no denying it: autumn has definitely arrived! The trees across the city have adopted their glorious seasonal hue, the nights are drawing in and parents are frowning whilst rummaging through various drawers muttering “Where DID I put all the gloves and hats?”

The light, or lack of it, is a key feature of this seasonal shift and soon we’ll be enjoying a different kind of light, when the skies will light up with fireworks and sparklers.

Light is also a theme that will be explored here at the Cathedral in November: our first residency for the Viewpoint project starts this month and our artist in residence is actually a duo: Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer.

Although they live locally, Anna and Leon have worked across the country and their work often centres on themes of light. During their time with us at the Cathedral, they will be exploring the nature of light and how it can be simultaneously whole and fractured at the same time. This in turn reflects something of the nature of faiths:connected – there are elements of faith and spirituality which many religions identify with, but at the same time, each of them is distinctive and separate.

Anna and Leon will be based at the Cathedral during November, including an appearance at Messy Cathedral on Saturday November 28th.  They will also be at the cathedral in November on the 3rd, 10th, 12th, 18th, 20th, 27th, and 28th.

Visitors are welcome to come along, say hello and find out more about what they’re doing.  Further details of the workshop and celebration event at the end of their residency, will be released shortly.

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