(Picture: Robin Creswell and Jacquiline Creswell, recipient of the St Osmund's Award)
The Cathedral's Visual Arts Adviser, Jacquiline Creswell, was presented with the St Osmund’s Award by the Very Revd June Osborne Dean on Friday (16 September).
The award, presented at the private view for the Cathedral’s latest exhibition, Reflection, recognises the commitment and contribution of an individual to the Cathedral and its life.
Presenting the award the Dean listed Jacquiline’s achievements over the seven years she has been associated with the Cathedral - curating 20 exhibitions and installing over 350 pieces of art work from over 60 artists including internationally known figures like Antony Gormley, Sean Henry, Helaine Blumenfeld, Nick Pope, Lynn Chadwick, John Maine and Ana Maria Pacheco.
Jacquiline was responsible for developing the Cathedral’s Arts Programme in 2009 and securing the Cathedral’s present reputation as pioneering champion of contemporary art. Since 2010 she has managed collaborations with institutions and galleries including The Royal Academy, the Moore Foundation, Roche Court, Osborne Samuel, Royal Society of British Sculptors and Imperial War Museum among others.
The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, said:
“We’re justifiably proud of our Arts programme and kudos it has brought us. Jacquiline’s passion for her work and her drive to maintain high standards is laudable. Artists with international reputations have chosen to exhibit here over the years, largely thanks to her persistence and vision. For that we are hugely indebted to her and those whose backing and support have enabled us to share that extraordinary work and offer such a wonderful platform for education, outreach and worship at the Cathedral.”
Jacquiline Creswell, Salisbury Cathedral Visual Arts Adviser and curator said:
“I am grateful to everyone who has supported our ambitious Art programme at the Cathedral – the Arts Advisory Committee, Chapter and many members of the Cathedral community. We have come a long way in the past seven years and without their support and encouragement the programme would not have flourished in the way it has.
“Exhibiting at the Cathedral often involves a significant financial commitment on the part of the artists and galleries that collaborate with us too, so this award recognises not just what I do, or the Cathedral team, but also all those creatives who have been so generous with their time, imagination, skills and talent.”
After presenting Jacquiline Creswell with the St Osmund’s award the Dean also took the opportunity to announce the establishment of a new fund, set up to support the Art programme.
"The Arts Advisory Committee have decided that we need to put it on a more secure footing. To that end we are establishing an Art Support Fund with tiered membership and related benefits. This, we hope, will open up our art sponsorship to everyone and deepen the engagement between our art and its appreciators.”
To learn more about new Art Support Fund and how you can get involved please contact Natalie Downing, Cathedral Development Officer on 01722 555 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other enquiries contact Marie Thomas email@example.com 01722 555148