Salisbury Cathedral launches its latest art exhibition

Salisbury Cathedral launches its latest art exhibition

Published at 4:26pm 13th June 2019. (Updated at 4:44pm 13th June 2019)

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'Beyond' is a solo exhibition by award-winning artist Diane Maclean which is open from Friday 14 June 2019.

The exhibition comprises of eight large-scale pieces fabricated in stainless steel or feather-light aluminium, juxtaposing modern materials with the ancient building.

Each piece invites the visitor to explore the space in which it stands, or above which it is suspended, and each changes perspective or colour depending on the angle from which it is viewed.

In some cases, you can interact with the work, entering a 'sanctuary' or walking through 'doorways' to explore what lies 'beyond'.

Threshold (on the lawn at Salisbury Cathedral) by Diane Maclean, part of her solo exhibition Beyond - photo by Ash Mills
Threshold (on the lawn at Salisbury Cathedral) by Diane Maclean, part of her solo exhibition Beyond - photo by Ash Mills

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Diane Maclean FRSS studied modern languages at University College London before embarking on her artistic career. She started out as a fine artist, painting portraits, and it was only in her forties that she changed course and went to Hertfordshire College of Art & Design, University of Hertfordshire, to study Sculpture. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists, a Member of the Court of the University of Hertfordshire, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Hertfordshire and is a Member of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Speaking about her work, Diane said:

"I see the materials themselves as an important element in my work. They dictate, in a way, how the work turns out. I try to bring their best qualities into view, in sculptures and installations that reflect light, are suspended, have moving parts and colour, and are therefore not static and unchanging. The science of the material also interests me - how a clear oxide layer on the polished surface of stainless steel produces colour that changes according to the angle of entry of light hitting it."

 

Artist Diane Maclean, photo by Lucy Simon
Artist Diane Maclean, photo by Lucy Simon

Jacquiline Creswell, curator and Salisbury Cathedral Visual Arts adviser added:

"Her sculptures are a response to a place, a theme or an idea. Working on a scale commensurate with the setting, she combines reflective surfaces and open structures to create strong visual connections to the context of the surroundings. The exhibition allows us to consider the purpose of a place like Salisbury Cathedral as a space to reflect and discuss the possibilities of what we might find when we cross over a threshold. The work extends a truly divine invitation to feel and sense much more than our everyday experience."

WHEN & WHERE

  • The exhibition runs from Friday 14 June - Monday 30 September
  • It is sited on the Salisbury Cathedral lawns as well as in the Cloisters and Cathedral building
A child examines Sky Circles - Wing in background - on the West Lawn at Salisbury Cathedral. Works by Diane Maclean. Photo by Ash Mills
A child examines Sky Circles - Wing in background - on the West Lawn at Salisbury Cathedral. Works by Diane Maclean. Photo by Ash Mills
Preen by Diane Maclean, part of her solo exhibition Beyond taking place at Salisbury Cathedral - photo by Ash Mills
Preen by Diane Maclean, part of her solo exhibition Beyond taking place at Salisbury Cathedral - photo by Ash Mills
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