Brexit inspired artwork unveiled at Salisbury Cathedral

Brexit inspired artwork unveiled at Salisbury Cathedral

Published by Mike Draper at 9:50am 9th February 2019.

3 minute read

'Ladders of Light' exhibition challenges visitors to view the world from a different perspective.

The installation's been put together by the award-winning poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE and visual artist Mary Branson.

The piece was commissioned by Sky Arts as part of their Art 50 project - an initiative that explores what it means to be British as we get ready to leave the European Union.

Curator Jacquiline Creswell, Salisbury Cathedral's Visual Arts Adviser, told Spire FM:

"This exhibition is very of the moment. It's very involved in the discussion of being British after Brexit and everyone is interested in that at the moment, because everyone has differing opinions."

Lemn has written a Magna Carta inspired poem called 'Magnioloquent Cartilage' which will be featured on the walls and pillars throughout the Cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral Ladders of Light exhibition
Salisbury Cathedral Ladders of Light exhibition - photo courtesy of Ash Mills Photography

Lemn explained to Spire FM that the historic document made him stop and think:

"What do I have that has to offer which can light people up in the same way, or in a very small way comparative to that. It's quite a daunting task."

And Mary's work is made up of illuminated ladders that are hung throughout.

Her design was inspired by ideas of social mobility, equality and generosity, and says that the piece speaks of the fragility within human society.

Salisbury Cathedral Ladders of Light exhibition
Salisbury Cathedral Ladders of Light exhibition - photo courtesy of Ash Mills Photography

Mary said:

"As a child of the 70's, I have enjoyed the benefits of growing up and working in an environment where I felt a close connection to our European neighbours.

I wanted my son to have the same experience. I worry for his future and the younger generations, facing a very different setup in which they have had no voice.

Whatever my personal vote, I'm a pragmatist. If we are to become a distinct Island again, then I to look to the people to create a just, equal and caring society."

All artwork is featured in the Art 50 project will be showcased across four programmes on Sky Arts during the week of 25th March.

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