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The exhibition (from Tuesday 4 June to Monday 22 July) brings together works that critically engage with the theme of ‘Hospitality’ and are inspired by, and in dialogue with, the contemporary life of Bath Abbey.

Most of the artists make ceramic based work that has a recognisably utilitarian function or a sculptural presence. The aim is to stage and embed these works amongst the daily activity of worship and welcoming visitors and for the artwork to become a part of this activity.

The artists will explore the theme of ‘Hospitality’ in overt or more poetic ways recognising that the Abbey is at the heart of community life and has remained so through the changes that have taken place in the ways that people live, work and worship. In this way we hope to heighten an awareness of the act of hospitality and welcome, and make visible or magnify – unspoken inner experiences of encounter and exchange.

‘Hospitality’ is more than an exhibition, it is an essential part of a larger project looking at how visual art, in sacred space can critically raise awareness of - space of refuge, space for devotion, common ground and understanding. There will also be an accompanying education programme.

The project is a partnership between the Abbey and Bath Spa University and will be accompanied by a publication which will include texts by Alan Garrow, the Abbey’s Vicar Theologian, Professor Mike Tooby of Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University, and Claire Todd, artist and the project curator.

All 12 participating artists are current students, alumni or staff of Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University: Dan Allen, Kateland Clark, David Cushway, Marc Le Galle, Carole Pearson, Sarah Purvey, Lyn Snow, Andrew Temple-Smith, Jo Taylor, Claire Todd, Jane Turner, Kate Wilson and Richard Winfield.

Limited editions of the ‘Hospitality’ publication will be available to purchase from the Abbey Shop.