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Sanctuary by John Maine

Date: 
Saturday 8th March 2014 to Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Picture showing reflection in puddle in textured stone sculpture
John Maine’s exhibition ‘Sanctuary’ can be enjoyed at Salisbury Cathedral until 23 July. It comprises a number of stone installations in the Close, one installation in five parts in the cloisters, a tall totem made up of five discs in the cloister garth, and incised stone panels in and around the Morning Chapel. See images, video and hear John Maine talking about the exhibition in our Multimedia Gallery.
 
The exhibition encourages us to engage with the many meanings and implications of a ‘sanctuary’, not least as a place of safety and refuge. Here there is a contained sanctuary within the larger sanctuary of the Cathedral Close, a mysterious place created for reflections and contemplation. 
 
The exhibition is curated by Jacquiline Creswell, Visual Arts Advisor at the Cathedral. “Walking around John Maine’s installation ‘After Cosmati’ at the Royal Academy, I was reminded of the sense of calm reverence I encountered while walking amongst the stones at Avebury Ring and Stonehenge - there is a path that draws you in, through and around, inviting the visitor to stay and engage with the setting. I felt there was a resonance and connection with the stone and geometry of the Cathedral. In the open grounds here ‘Sanctuary’ takes on yet another transformation, offering a labyrinth like experience - an encounter with stone forms, some partially shaped and others exquisitely carved, an intricate vortex and arrangement of geometric or spherical shapes. They have a strong physical presence and their weight and density allows for physical engagement, to sit on or just to touch.” 
 
John Maine said, “The unique setting of Salisbury Cathedral, linked distantly to Old Sarum and the great archaeological sites of the Wiltshire landscape beyond, has always been an area of interest for me.  The opportunity to show work here is a significant step in understanding how sculpture can become part of a spiritual place.”

View the short feature from Meridian Tonight, Wednesday 5 March, here. 

Download the accompanying leaflet in advance or pick up a copy from inside the Cathedral when you visit.