From Thursday 24th January to Sunday 23rd June Exhibition of charcoal and pencil ‘Time’ themed drawings suspended between the pillars in the Nave by artist in residence Pete Codling, who spent the summer and autumn of 2018 in the Cathedral tower hermitage.
Friday 26th July – 8th August
Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society Summer Exhibition.
PHAS was formed in 1909 under the guidance of the renowned marine artist W L Wyllie RA. The exhibition is of works by both professional and amateur artists in a range of styles and media.
Exhibition by Hampshire Calligraphers: ‘Inspired by Books’, running from Tuesday 28th May through until Sunday 9th June. Held in the Cathedral Welcome Area. Free for all visitors. For more information, visit - www.hampshirecalligraphers.co.uk
Please see website: www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk for opening times.
‘Soup of Souls’ Questions and Answer session with Pete Codling, Artist in Residence at Portsmouth Cathedral. Please join Pete Codling on the evening of Thursday 28th February between 7.00‐8.30pm for an Artist’s Question and Answer Session in the Nave. At the event Peter will also be launching his commemorative book of the exhibition which will be on sale in the Cathedral Bookshop for £7.00.
Conversations with artist in residence Pete Codling, who spent the summer and autumn of 2018 in the Cathedral tower hermitage.
This work, by Hampshire photographer John Farnhill, is the culmination of a two-year project to document some of the key sites of conflict from the First World War. Rather than seek out the usual scars of war or the memorials that are so often pictured, these current, empty and organic landscapes invite the viewer to contemplate historic events and complete their own narrative.
You can find out more about the photographer here: http://www.johnfarnhillphotography.com/gallery
Standing in Silence
In 1917 John Masefield, later to be Poet Laureate, visited the battlefields of the Somme and shortly afterwards published a book entitled “the Old Front Line” in which he wrote,
“All wars end; even this war will some day end, and the ruins will be rebuilt and the fields full of death will grow food, and all this frontier of trouble will be forgotten. When the trenches are filled in, and the plough has gone over them, the ground will not long keep the look of war. One summer with its flowers will cover most of the ruin that man can make, and then these places, from which the driving back of the enemy began, will be hard indeed to trace.”*
One hundred years on ‘these places’ are not hard to trace. Indeed many of them are marked with memorials, beautifully maintained cemeteries, and a variety of plaques, maps and markers of one sort or another. There are still traces of the Great War across the old Western Front. These often take the form of preserved trenches or the pock-marked ground of artillery shelling. Like the larger memorials these places may well have a visitor centre attached to them and all are part of a thriving tourist industry. People come from all over the world to visit the grave of a relative, school parties descend on the giant monument at Thiepval, the Menin Gate at Ypres and Newfoundland Park. Images of the graves, the cemeteries, the scarred landscapes, the disused shell cases stacked by the roadside and the detritus of a war fought long ago are all too familiar. Perhaps we have even become anaesthetised to their impact.
But what of the actual places where the fighting took place? Where the trenches used to be and where men had stood, in silence, awaiting the whistle that would send them into a hell on earth, the like of which we can only begin to imagine. There may be nothing to see other than the land itself, but the aura of these places is tangible and moving. I have been there, and this feeling was so intense that, rather than seek out the aftermath of conflict or the usual scars of war that are so often pictured, I photographed the fields of war and focused on the empty landscape as a pictorial strategy in order to open up a space which is designed to awaken the collective memory, stimulate the viewer to contemplate the events that occurred in these places and complete their own narrative.
*Masefield, J (1917, 2006 Ed). "The Old Front Line". Yorkshire; Pen & Sword Military
From Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October, between 10.00am to 5.00pm, local artists Missit, Nzie and Sahara Rock team up to paint the outside of The Container with a graffiti mural inspired by the theme of ‘Welcome’. Watch the design grow and develop live over the three days.
Thursday 18th October to Sunday 28th October:
The Cathedral will again host a 20ft shipping container outside on the south paving, which will be transformed into an artwork and innovative project/exhibition space. The Container is animated with exhibitions, pop up performance and workshop activity.
Visit and explore a special collection of fossils and prehistoric artefacts installed in the arches and the ambulatory of the cathedral nave. This will also feature school workshops, seminars and lectures.
Join us for a special reception to meet the artist, Chris Jenkins and explore his latest art installation at Portsmouth Cathedral, ‘Monolith’, in more detail. Light refreshments will be available. Further details available on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2znYWAV