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Students invited to meet the artists: Portsmouth Cathedral’s ‘Viewpoint Project’ commences

3 November 2015 - 28 November 2015

Portsmouth Cathedral’s Viewpoint Project began on Tuesday 3rd November with artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, they will be in the Cathedral until 28th November, demonstrating their artistic flair.

Students have been invited to meet the artists, this is a great opportunity for all aspiring designers and artists to learn from the pair and hopefully be inspired by their work and the concept of the Viewpoint Project. To express interest in meeting the artists and to experience their work, contact viewpoint@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk 

The Project invites three artists to spend ten days in the cathedral environs, exploring the theme of ‘faiths connected’.  Anna and Leon will be working with light and considering how the projection and fracturing of light reflects something of the nature of faith and spirituality. Their aim is to set up a group of three spotlights (red, blue and yellow/green) and focus them on one spot on the floor to create white light. This focal point will be almost in the centre of the Cathedral and just in front of the organ.

In the ceiling above the organ is a metal support bar. Anna and Leon want to suspend a pendulum from that bar all the way down to the floor, culminating in the white focal point. They’ll then set the pendulum moving – as it moves it will cut through the light, making the light both whole and fractured at the same time.

There will be a workshop, potentially running in parallel with Messy Cathedral on Sat Nov 28th, but this is still to be confirmed. Messy Cathedral is a regular event which large number of local families take part in and you can find out more about how Messy Church/Cathedral works here: http://www.messychurch.org.uk/.


A celebration event on the evening of Nov 28th will be taking place, this will be open to the public and an opportunity for people to continue to engage with the theme as well as looking ahead to the next residency in January which will be created by Jenny Tipton, a recent graduate from St Martin in the Fields.

You can find out more from the two latest blog posts here:



3 November 2015
28 November 2015
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