Crafting the Cathedral – BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts Exhibition


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‘Crafting the Cathedral’ brings together for exhibition contemporary craft artefacts, created and designed as a personal response to Truro Cathedral by invited third year students from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts course.

The responses to Truro Cathedral – its stunning architecture, history and purpose as a place of worship – has led to an engaging mix of small and large-scale art works.

BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts has long worked closely with a range of external partners, exploring new ways of engaging audiences with objects and places.

‘It’s been a really important, demanding, yet rewarding challenge to create interpretive objects that live up to the building, the people and items that live there’, says Jason Cleverly, Senior Lecturer on the course. ‘Many of the Cathedral’s artefacts carry great metaphorical power and some fascinating and unusual stories – we hope you will enjoy the students’ responses to the building’.

crafting-the-cathedral-posterTruro Cathedral is keen to provide opportunities for students to creatively explore the building, its artefacts and how it is connected to the wider community.

Kirsten Gordon, Education & Schools Officer, commented, ‘We have found the students’ approach to their brief to be interesting and incredibly varied, demonstrating technical skill and creativity. It is a valuable experience for us to see with fresh eyes the many different facets of cathedral life which speak on so many more levels than we perhaps see at first glance’.

Lizzie Arthur, Truro Cathedral’s Education and Interpretation Officer and graduate of the Contemporary Crafts course added, ‘We hope that our visitors enjoy the students’ personal responses to Truro Cathedral. Such exhibitions challenge the audience to look more closely at the familiar, inspiring both the cathedral community and our visitors’.

Crafting The Cathedral is on at Truro Cathedral, 2-16 February (Monday-Saturday 10-15, Sunday 12-4) Entry is free.


Graduate to Exhibit Alongside the Godfather of Pop Art

This month will see alumna Mirjana Smith exhibit alongside the highly acclaimed artist Sir Peter Blake at the Porthminster Gallery in St Ives. Peter Blake made a name for himself in the 1960s with collages juxtaposing images from popular culture, such as advertising slogans, comic strips and poster images of Marilyn and Elvis alongside bold geometric patterns. His most iconic work includes The Beatles’ 1967 album cover for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.

Mirjana emerged into the art and craft world after graduating from Falmouth in 2011 where she had focused on assemblage art from found objects. The use of second hand and discarded objects is paramount in Mirjana’s work. She constructs her pieces from bought, found and discarded teapots, kettles and other kitchenalia, combining these with unusual joining methods to create quirky, original and witty characterised assemblages.

Sir Peter, who is 81, overcame ill health to make it down to the private view of his colourful limited edition silkscreen prints, and during his visit bought a piece by his fellow exhibitor Mirjana. “He is starting to collect her work, which is wonderful because she’s a young Cornish artist who’s just starting out,” said Gallery Manager Claire Pearce.