New exhibition: ‘The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral’

Tom JonesA new exhibition ‘The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral’ will open at the Cathedral on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

Featuring major works by nineteen members of the OuseLife group of artists, this exhibition showcases over 80 specially created art works celebrating the cathedral and the people who care for it.

These include:

  • The Cathedral’s famous Prior’s Door returned to its original glory for the first time in 850 years with the ‘Christ in Majesty’ Tympanum, by Kimberley Allen.
  • A vast crown of thorns sculpture suspended below the Octagon Tower, by Jane Frost.
  • A 20ft high steel sculpture “Generation”, by Cary Outis.
  • The people who make things happen, and keep the history safeguarded: “The Organist” by Tom Jones, “The Archivist” by Steven Bramble.

OuseLife has had unprecedented access to the people and buildings of the Cathedral. Through these connections artists have had the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes of Cathedral life, past and present.

This exhibition includes a wide variety of styles and media, reflecting the diversity of the OuseLife artists. A new perspective on Cathedral life is revealed through Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Ely CathedralPhotography, Prints, Film, Willow Work and Ceramics. Along with site specific artworks, this collaboration has inspired a wealth of portraits of people involved in the day to day life of the Cathedral.

The art is available for sale, with commission on sales going to Ely Cathedral.

Free admission to the exhibition in the South West transept.  Normal charges apply to view the site specific pieces throughout the Cathedral.  Free admission with a CB6/CB7 residents pass.

OuseLife member and artist contributor Caroline Forward said: “This exhibition draws from a treasure trove of objects, experiences, stories and people who make the Cathedral what it is. We’ve been inspired by the passion, knowledge and enthusiasm of all those involved in Cathedral life and have tried to bring this out of the shadows.”


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