New Exhibition, ‘Together We Rise’, in Chichester Cathedral
Together We Rise comprises over 25 artworks by Royal Society of Sculptors members, presented within Chichester Cathedral. The work responds to the artists’ experience of the pandemic, their resilience, sense of community, and collective hope
The exhibition will open at Chichester Cathedral on 27th June and runs until 6th September 2022
During this challenging period, a group of sculptors, all members of the Royal Society of Sculptors, met online. These Zoom meetings were a great platform for keeping in touch, during 2020-2021 for supporting each other, for sharing ideas as well as an opportunity for discussing obstacles like self-doubt and anxiety through an extremely difficult time.
The resulting work, collected for this unique exhibition, is an expression of these meetings, showing the result of the conquering of demons and obstructions that this sharing enabled. Many participants expressed that although the Covid Pandemic was a challenging time for them, the group supported and helped many to see past these obstacles to create new, inspired works, often working in a new way and in collaboration with other members.
This exhibition, curated by Jacqueline Creswell, Visual Arts Advisor, has been inspired by hope and resilience and a firm belief in the positive side of human nature, making us aware of our vulnerability as well as illuminating our humanity. The various works reflect the way these artists dealt with their journey through a Pandemic, empowering them to harness inner strength and create works of art that reflect this episode in our history.
The work reflects sustainability in the Arts: physically, conceptually, and financially.
Jacquiline Creswell, curator of the exhibition said:
“Together We Rise is a counterpoint to the challenges of the last two years and an expression of the artists’ perseverance, by coming together through virtual means to overcome isolation, fear, and doubt. By bringing together this group, much as other communities have come together during the pandemic to support one another, I have seen a flourishing of creativity which demonstrates the power of shared adversity overcome by shared endeavor.”
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