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Exhibition of modern mosaics coming to Chester Cathedral


‘Nebula’ by artist Rosie Lloyd


An international exhibition of contemporary mosaics will open at Chester Cathedral later this month.

‘Constellations’ opens on Monday 21st March and will feature new work by high-profile mosaic artists from the UK, Ireland, Europe and the United States.

It will be open until Sunday 24th April in the cathedral’s Chapter House, and will contain 30 exhibition pieces.

The works on display will cover a wide variety of forms, styles, materials and techniques.

Two thirds of the mosaics will be wall-mounted, while a further ten exhibits will be freestanding sculptures with mosaic embellishments.

The exhibition has been organised by the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM).

BAMM was founded in 1999 to encourage excellence in contemporary mosaic art and to raise public awareness through exhibitions and educational activities. 

Chester-based artist Aleta Doran, who is artist in residence at Chester Cathedral, is BAMM’s North West coordinator alongside Manchester-based artist Tracey Cartledge who is also vice chair of BAMM.

The pair have been working with the cathedral’s events team and works department for over a year in order to bring the exhibition to fruition.

Doran said: “We wanted to celebrate mosaic as a living art-form that is constantly evolving.

“We also felt that it was important to create an ambitious opportunity for artists to exhibit their work after the pandemic – when many of us couldn’t exhibit or teach workshops.” 

Visitors will be greeted by a collaborative installation called Ethereal when they enter the vestibule of Chapter House.

Ethereal comprises more than 400 individual mosaics – made from used bottle tops and crafted by more than 50 artists.

Organisers say it will form an enchanting skyscape, as it will be suspended from the venue’s vaulted ceiling.

Chester Cathedral is also home to some incredible permanent Victorian mosaics, made in the 1870s and 1880s.

There will be workshop sessions during the exhibition to provide an opportunity for visitors to try their hand at mosaic making.

Organisers say this will enable visitors to better appreciate the cathedral’s exquisite mosaic collection.




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