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Truro Cathedral Receives Art Make-Over

Published: June 16, 2017

Cornwall College Camborne

Truro Cathedral is about to opened its doors for a modern and artistic twist to interpret its Christian ideology and its unique Cornish heritage using many of the furnishings, objects and interiors used in worship.

The project which was devised by Jamie Hanson, Higher Education Team Lead, Cornwall College Camborne in association with Truro Cathedral, is an opportunity for art degree students to develop and design art pieces that re-interpret the everyday life of the cathedral, helping to covey the deeper meaning of certain items, either symbolically or for the people who use them.

Jamie said, “Following a private tour of the cathedral, our second year BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice students were able to document their visit, by photographing certain items and use the images as references.  I was looking for art pieces that demonstrated a respect for the beliefs of the Christians who use them, while also raising questions and stimulating debate”.

The project, which relates directly to a practical second year module on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice, (validated by the University of Plymouth), is aimed at getting art students to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks and includes the students having to write a 300 word written proposal as a final statement of intent.

Kirsten Gordon, Education Leader, Truro Cathedral added, “This is a wonderful project and we are delighted to be part of it.  It is very rewarding showcasing how the cathedral works and to have new and fresh interpretations of how that comes across to creative artists”.

The finished works will be exhibited in the cathedral from June 27th until July 16th admission is free and people are invited to come and view them.

Jamie added, “This is a unique opportunity to showcase the talent and range of artwork created by second year students on our interdisciplinary Contemporary Creative Practice arts degree. This promises to be a wonderful exhibition inspired by Truro cathedral, working in partnership with the staff of Truro Cathedral”.

Alan Bashforth, Canon Chancellor of Truro cathedral said, “It has been a great pleasure to speak with and interact with the students of Cornwall College in this project and we have had many interesting conversations arising from their encounter with the Cathedral. I am genuinely excited by the art work which depicts both a vehicle for the gifts and talents of the students; while at the same time in some way saying something about God and our encounter with the sacred”.

Cornwall College offers one of the widest choices of art and design courses. The iconic multi-storey building on the Camborne campus was the first dedicated art and design building in the county.  Anyone looking for a career in art and design can study right up to degree level; without even leaving Cornwall, a place that has inspired so many successful artists.

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