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Published: 19 Sep 2016

Ely Cathedral is to be hosting an exhibition of new paintings by one of the country's finest contemporary watercolourists, Gerard Stamp. Gerard has been visiting Ely Cathedral over the last 18 months to capture aspects of this awe inspiring building for his new collection, 'Isle of Light'. He has previously held similar exhibitions at Norwich and Exeter Cathedrals to great acclaim. The exhibition, Isle of Light, has been arranged in conjunction with Grapevine Galleries, is made up of 24 large scale paintings of some of Gerard's favourite parts of the Cathedral.

Gerard says of his exhibition, "Some buildings astound us by their sheer size. Some buildings touch us by their intimacy. Some inspire us with their exquisite craftsmanship and beauty. And some can even move us to question our beliefs, assumptions and priorities. Very few buildings in the world manage to do all of these things. Ely Cathedral is one of them".

All exhibits will be on sale with some of the proceeds going to the Cathedral. This special exhibition can be viewed first-hand in the Lady Chapel from 24 September to 2 October 2016.

Additional information from Gerard about the exhibition - "This exhibition has been nearly two years in the making. I have spent dozens of hours wandering around simply watching the cathedral, seeing how the sun might briefly flood a corner, a column, a niche; I've seen how the low winter light penetrates far into the northern side, while the intense summer sun casts steep diagonals into the nave. Different aspects catch the eye at different times of the year. Some views suggested themselves at once, others only after much exploration. One or two paintings demanded to be included, although I spent too much time avoiding the Octagon, knowing what a monumental task it would be to tackle it. But I knew that I must.

I have been drawing and painting architecture for as long as I remember, certainly since I was a schoolboy next door to another great East Anglian cathedral, Norwich. But perhaps 'architecture' is too prosaic a term; my inspiration is drawn from how buildings feel once imbued with what Ruskin called 'the golden stain of time... walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity ".

Image - Watercolour of Ely Cathedral by leading artist, Gerard Stamp