Paradise and Other Places
Images inspired by the divine and the everyday
By Mick Abbott
An Exhibition at Ely Cathedral in conjunction with The Stained Glass Museum
14 June - 15 July 2016
Paradise and Other Places celebrates the rich and inspiring cultural heritage of Ely Cathedral and its spiritual resonance today. Mick Abbott’s large-scale drawings and paintings have been inspired by the heavenly splendour of Ely Cathedral’s architecture and artworks found in the building as well as the collection of the Stained Glass Museum. as well as the collection of the Stained Glass Museum. Combining architectural and decorative features found in the building with religious themes and contemporary portraits of local people Mick’s artwork connects the past and the present, the human and the divine. From the hidden carved medieval misericords which provide a whimsical complement and sometimes irreverent contrast to the vibrant beauty of the colourful patterns and images present in its stained glass windows, a little bit of paradise is to be found in every corner of this incredible place.
Mick Abbott is a full-time artist and divides his time between Cambridge and Brittany, in France. He was also an art teacher at Comberton Village College for more than 20 years. He has held artistic residences at Tintern Abbey (2014); and several National Trust properties including Newark Park and Hanbury Hall (2011). This latest project, jointly curated by The Stained Glass Museum and Ely Cathedral, is the culmination of a year’s work. On selected days during the exhibition Mick will drawing and painting in the south-west transept.
Paradise and Other Places is a free exhibition in the south-west transept of Ely Cathedral*
The Exhibition runs 14 June – 15 July 2016 and has been jointly curated by The Stained Glass Museum and Ely Cathedral.
*Please note usual admission charges apply to accessing other areas of Ely Cathedral and The Stained Glass Museum