Haunting and Hopeful Great Spaces; Liverpool's Iconic Anglican Cathedral Is about to Play Host to Two Innovative New Art Exhibitions. Jamie Bowman Reports

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Haunting and Hopeful Great Spaces; Liverpool's Iconic Anglican Cathedral Is about to Play Host to Two Innovative New Art Exhibitions. Jamie Bowman Reports


Byline: Jamie Bowman

AS WELL as being one of the city's most beautiful and iconic buildings, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral is fast building a reputation for an increasingly exciting programme of public art.

This week sees the opening of two innovative and dramatic exhibitions, both in different ways inspired by the cathedral's famed open spaces.

Manchester-based artist Colin Taylor has built a career combining a love for mountaineering with painting the large scale landscapes he explores and he sees plenty of similarities between the Cathedral's massive dimensions and the often remote and daunting areas he has depicted.

"What fascinates me about the Cathedral is its internal scale and space as much as the huge physical parameters, "says Colin.

"The exhibition does not depict a like for like representation of spaces within the Cathedral, rather how it feels to experience those spaces.

"I can't think of a more fitting and fantastic venue to present these new works than the place that inspired it."

Colin says that by using these grand places of worship to exhibit artwork we can get closer to remembering the sense of wonder and reverence that they provoked.

"For an artist that building is a joy to be in. It wasn't difficult to feel inspired when you are presented with that backdrop. The building is optimistic - there isn't any negativity about the place at all.

"I hope using Cathedrals to present art to people catches on - the more we use iconic buildings the more we understand what they were there for in the first place. " Colin's art has certainly won fans among the Cathedral's most devoted users, with the Bishop of Liverpool stating his wholehearted approval.

"Colin's paintings show how the great spaces of Liverpool Cathedral are both haunting and hopeful," says the Right Reverend James Jones.

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