Axxess group take 54 paintings In and Around Cathedral at 900-year-old Chichester landmark

By Ben Miller | 13 October 2010
A photo of an image of the inside of a cathedral in red with light streaming in
Sue Kruk, Warmth. Lino cut
Exhibition: In and Around the Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester, until October 26 2010

The 900-year-old arches of Chichester Cathedral are full of artistic inspiration.

Medieval features, paintings, sculptures and glass within the holy firmaments count Graham Sutherland, Marc Chagall, John Piper and Philip Jackson among their creators, so the seven-strong group of graduates from the local university and college have been able to produce 54 new works for this eclectic show, ranging from painting and textiles to metal and threadwork.

Glynis Spencer offers metal and threadwork, Marion Rumfitt has made a set of fabric Gargoyles, and photographer Val Ayling and silk screenprinter Anne Lucas Bennett also demonstrate their eye for a shot and poise for finesse.

Calling themselves Axxess, this is only the second joint effort for a team who formed their alliance in 2004. "This exhibition is a real triumph," says the Cathedral's Ruth Poyner. "The works on display are diverse, intriguing and often extremely beautiful."
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