The Art of Healing

Flight by Charlotte Mayer

The power of art to heal and console is expressed in a new exhibition of work in a range of media including sculpture, paintings, glass and photography at Sarum College until 8 May 2012.

sculpture called flight by Charlotte Mayer
In this sculpture, entitled Flight, artist Charlotte Mayer says she tries to capture the true freedom that the human spirit seeks.

The therapeutic value of art in physical, mental, and spiritual healing has been recognised since the Middle Ages. The earliest hospices, such as that at Isenheim with its famous Grünwald altarpiece, were dominated by large and often exquisitely painted crucifixions, a present reminder of Christ’s sufferings.

Art gave comfort and strength to those who were overtaken by disease and cared for by religious foundations with only the most rudimentary medical help at their disposal. These carers followed Christ’s instruction to ‘heal the sick, feed the hungry, and let the oppressed go free’ which was, and remains, a cornerstone of Christian life.

sculpture entitled One by Elizabeth Herkstroter
Sculpture entitled One, by Elizabeth Herstroter.

Participating artists are: Sally Fawkes & Richard Jackson, Elizabeth Herkstroter, Charlotte Mayer FRBS, Ruth Oaks, Keith Rand ARBS, Tracey Sheppard FGE, Will Spankie and Ryan Tabor.

In addition, there is a display of paintings by members of Freedom from Torture’s art therapy group. For details, visit the Freedom from Torture (formerly The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) website.

Sculpture entitled Into The Light Blue, by Keith Rand ARBS
Sculpture entitled Into The Light Blue, by Keith Rand ARBS

 

 

The Art of Healing exhibition is free and open to the public until 8 May 2012.  Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays).

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All photos in the gallery link and above are by Ash Mills Photography

 

 

 

 

Sarum College features in Songs of Praise 29 January

Aled Jones

Aled Jones

 

Aled Jones of the BBC’s Songs of Praise visited Sarum College earlier this month to film a programme about 21st century hymnwriters and discover what makes a modern classic.

The programme aired on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday 29th January 2012. View the show on the BBC iPlayer until 4 February 2012.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01bljdx/Songs_of_Praise_21st_Century_Hymn_Writers/

Read more about how and why producer Rowan Morton-Gledhill created the programme 

 

New Library Books – January 2012

Please contact the Library if you would like to borrow any of these books

Ethics        
171.1 KIR KIRKPATRICK, Matthew D. Bonhoeffer’s ethics : between pacifism and assassination Grove books 2011
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171.1 NIM NIMMO, Paul T. Being in action : the theological shape of Barth’s ethical vision T & T Clark 2011
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176 COR CORNWALL, Susannah Sex and uncertainty in the body of Christ : intersex conditions and Christian theology Equinox 2010
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Philosophy & Theology      
201 CRI CRISP, Oliver Theology and philosophy : faith and reason T & T Clark 2011
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212 JOH JOHNSON, Elizabeth A Quest for the living God : mapping frontiers in the theology of God Continuum 2011
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215 WAR WARD, Keith The big questions in science and religion Templeton Foundation Pres 2008
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The Bible        
220.1 MAC MCDONALD, Lee Martin The origin of the bible : a guide for the perplexed T & T Clark International 2011
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Old Testament      
221.61 BAR BARSTAD, Hans M. A brief guide to the Hebrew Bible Westminster John Knox 2010
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221.61 CAR CARR, David M. An introduction to the Old Testament : sacred texts and imperial contexts of the Hebrew Bible Wiley-Blackwell 2010
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222.1 WIJ VAN WIJK-BOS, Johanna W. H. Making wise the simple : the Torah in Christian faith and practice Eerdmans 2005
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222.11 BLE BLENKINSOPP, Joseph Creation, un-creation, re-creation : a discursive commentary on Genesis 1-11 T & T Clark 2011
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222.11 HEN HENDEL, Ronald S. Reading Genesis : ten methods Cambridge University Press 2010
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222.12 DOZ DOZEMAN, Thomas B. Methods for Exodus Cambridge University Press 2010
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223.2 DAW DAWES, Stephen B. SCM studyguide to The Psalms SCM 2010
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New Testament      
226.06 RUP RUPRECHT, Louis A. This tragic gospel: how John corrupted the heart of Christianity Jossey-Bass 2008
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226.3 BEW BEWLEY, Rob J. Transforming conversation : how Jesus talked to people (insights from Mark’s Gospel) Grove books 2011
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227 GOM GOMBIS, Timothy G. Paul : a guide for the perplexed T & T Clark 2010
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227.1 LON LONGENECKER, Richard N. Introducing Romans : critical issues in Paul’s most famous letter Eerdmans 2011
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Theology        
230.09031 PAU PAULSON, Steven D. Lutheran theology T & T Clark 2011
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230.0905 BON BONHOEFFER, Dietrich Letters and papers from prison Fortress 2010
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230.5 ALL ALLEN, R. Michael Reformed theology T & T Clark 2010
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God        
231 MAR MARMION, Declan An introduction to the Trinity Cambridge University Press 2011
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231 PHA PHAN, Peter C. The Cambridge companion to the Trinity Cambridge University Press 2011
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Jesus        
232.9 VER VERMèS, Géza Jesus : nativity, passion, resurrection Penguin 2010
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232.92 BOR BORG, Marcus J. The first Christmas : what the Gospels really teach about Jesus’s birth SPCK 2008
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232.92 DEN DENNIS, Trevor The Christmas stories SPCK 2007
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232.96 EVA EVANS, Craig A. Jesus, the final days SPCK 2008
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Man        
233 SCH COOPER, Jennifer Humanity in the mystery of God : the theological anthropology of Edward Schillebeeckx T & T Clark 2011
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Sacraments      
234.163 MAC MCMICHAEL, Ralph N. Eucharist : a guide for the perplexed T & T Clark 2010
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234.163 ZIZ ZIZIOULAS, John D. The Eucharistic communion and the world T & T Clark 2011
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Salvation        
234.3 BAS BASH, Anthony Just forgiveness : exploring the Bible, weighing the issues SPCK 2011
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Spirituality      
242.1 (ECK) WOO WOODS, Richard J. Meister Eckhart : master of mystics Continuum 2011
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242.1 (JOH) MAR MARSHALL, Helen Total cost and total transformation L learning from St John of the Cross Grove books 2011
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The Arts        
246.8 DEA DEACY, Christopher Theology and Film : challenging the sacred/secular divide Blackwell 2008
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246.8 DEA DEACY, Christopher Screening the afterlife : theology, eschatology, and film Routledge 2012
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246.8 GRA GRACE, Pamela The religious film : Christianity and the hagiopic Wiley-Blackwell 2009
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246.8 LYD LYDEN, John The Routledge companion to religion and film Routledge 2011
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246.8 WRI WRIGHT, Melanie Jane Religion and film : an introduction I. B. Tauris 2007
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Preaching      
251 FRA FRANCIS, Leslie J. Preaching with all our souls : a study in hermeneutics and psychological type Continuum 2008
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251 LOV LOVELL, George Sustaining preachers and preaching : a practical guide T & T Clark 2011
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Ministry        
253 LAM LAMONT, Ronni Leaping the vicarage wall : leaving parish ministry Continuum 2011
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253.07 LEA LEACH, Jane Pastoral supervision : a handbook SCM 2010
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Christian Leadership      
254 ADA ADAIR, John Eric The leadership of Muhammad Kogan Page 2010
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254 HOR HORSEMAN, Colin Ministering with emotional intelligence Grove books 2011
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254 MOY MOY, Richard Leadership and social networking : updating your ministry status Grove books 2011
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Social Theology      
261 MAR MARTIN, David The future of Christianity : reflections on violence and democracy, religion and secularization Ashgate 2011
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262.001 MAN MANNION, Gerard Church and religious ‘other’ T & T Clark 2008
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Worship & Liturgy      
264 KRE KREIDER, Alan Worship and mission after Christendom Paternoster Press 2009
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264 VAN VAN DYK, Leanne A more profound alleluia : theology and worship in harmony W.B. Eerdmans 2005
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264.03 ATH ATHERSTONE, Andrew Charles Simeon on The Excellency of the Liturgy Hymns Ancient and Modern 2011
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264.0309033 DAI DAILEY, Prudence The book of common prayer : past, present and future : a 350th anniversary celebration Continuum 2011
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264.031 THO THOMPSON, Ross Spirituality in season : growing through the Christian year Canterbury Press Norwich 2008
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264.035 CRA CHURCH OF ENGLAND. About to receive : resources for exploring the Eucharist Children and Youth Development Group on behalf of the Diocese of Southwark 2005
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264.2 LEA LEACH, John Thirty ways to use music in worship Grove books 2011
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Mission        
266.001 KIM KIM, Kirsteen Joining in with the Spirit : connecting world church and local mission Epworth 2009
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266.001 MUC MUCK, Terry C. Christianity encountering world religions : the practice of mission in the twenty-first century BakerAcademic 2009
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266.001 ORM ORMEROD, Neil J. Globalization and the mission of the church : ecclesiological investigations T & T Clark 2009
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266.001 SPE BRITISH AND IRISH ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES. Mission and migration : papers read at the biennial conference of the British and Irish Association for Mission Studies at Westminster College, Cambridge, 2nd – 5th July 2007 Cliff College Publishing 2008
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266.001 WAL WALLS, Andrew Mission in the twenty-first century : exploring the five marks of global mission Darton Longman & Todd 2008
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266.009 ROB ROBERT, Dana L. Christian mission : how Christianity became a world religion Wiley-Blackwell 2009
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Church History & Biography    
270.4 (FRA) ROB ROBSON, Michael J. P. The Cambridge companion to Francis of Assisi Cambridge University Press 2011
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270.81 (NEW) SHO SHORT, Edward Newman and his contemporaries T&T Clark International 2011
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270.82 (BON) MET METAXAS, Eric Bonhoeffer : pastor, martyr, prophet, spy Thomas Nelson 2010
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271.1 DUN ANGLO-CATHOLIC HISTORY SOCIETY. The labour of obedience : the Benedictines of Pershore, Nashdom and Elmore – a history Canterbury Press in association with the Anglo-Catholic History Society 2009
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271.2 VER VERBOVEN, Lucette The Dominican way Continuum 2011
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Denominations      
283 SPE SPENCER, Stephen SCM study guide to Anglicanism SCM Press 2010
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287 ABR ABRAHAM, William J. The Oxford handbook of Methodist studies Oxford University Press 2011
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Politics        
325.21 WHE WHELAN, Thomas R. The stranger in our midst : refugees in Ireland : causes, experiences, responses Kimmage Mission Institute of Theology and Cultures 2001
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Education      
378 DCO D’COSTA, Gavin Theology in the public square : church, academy and nation Blackwell 2005
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378.013 RAE RAELIN, Joseph A. Work-based learning : bridging knowledge and action in the workplace Jossey-Bass 2008
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Leadership      
658.4 JAC JACKSON, Brad A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying leadership SAGE 2011
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Literature        
809 BOO BOOKER, Christopher The seven basic plots : why we tell stories Continuum 2005
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809 WAL WALTON, Heather Literature and theology : new interdisciplinary spaces Ashgate 2011
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823 SHANLEY, John Patrick Doubt (DVD) Miramax 2009
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823 BOW BOWER, Gavin James Made in Britain Quartet 2011
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Local History      
H 942 SAL SALISBURY AND SOUTH WILTSHIRE MUSEUM Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Annual Report 2010-11 Salisbury Musuem 2010
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Reference      
REF 230.03 MAC MCFARLAND, Ian A. The Cambridge dictionary of Christian theology Cambridge University Press 2011
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Write to Life: An Evening of Poetry & Prose on 22 February

Freedom from Torture
Tidal Wave by Uvindu
Tidal Wave, by Uvindu, an award-winning journalist and freedom of expression activist in exile from Sri Lanka.

 

Members of the Write to Life group will give a presentation of poetry and prose at Sarum College at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 22 February.

Write to Life is Freedom from Torture’s therapeutic creative writing group. Established in 2000 by award-winning playwright Sonja Linden, it is now run by film-maker and novelist Sheila Hayman who wanted the writers to have opportunities to tell their stories.

 

 

 

“The Write to Life group has many purposes – assuaging survivor guilt, rebuilding self-respect, giving voice to the voiceless and, above all, taking control of calamitous and destructive memories – all intertwine powerfully,” Hayman says.

“As one writer put it, the rapt attention of an audience is like a mirror in front of her, reassuring her that, after all the horror and degradation, she is still, powerfully and triumphantly, alive.”

Write to Life’s 20 members read at a variety of festivals and, through their writing, work to correct misconceptions and myths about asylum seekers and refugees.

The evening costs £5 and is open to the public. All proceeds go to Freedom from Torture (formerly The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture).

Write to Life Poster
Write to Life Poster, click to enlarge

The presentation evening is part of The Art of Healing exhibition at Sarum College, which includes a display by the Freedom from Torture art therapy group.  Further details

“Creative writing and painting are parts of our therapy in helping to rebuild lives broken through mental and physical trauma – our clients have been through unspeakable experiences: their capacity to survive and their determination to rediscover their former skills and uncover new talents is an inspiration to all,” says Keith Best, chief executive of Freedom from Torture, who will give a brief introduction to the work and challenges of the charity.

 

“You will not and cannot forget them – their stories leave a lasting impression of both the depths of depravity to which humanity can sink and the magnificence of the human spirit which can soar above the adversity so that the torturers do not gain the victory.”

For more information on the Write to Life group, or Freedom from Torture in general please visit their website www.freedomfromtorture.org

 

Freedom From Torture

 

 

Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books

stack of booksWith more than eight million items on its shelves, Cambridge University Library is one of the largest accumulations of books and manuscripts in Europe, and one of the most important in the world.

But its holdings are not a single, uniform entity: instead they consist of a great variety of different collections which, over the centuries, by one route or another, have come to be housed under the same roof.

Some of the most remarkable of these are the collections gathered by ardent individual book-lovers, whose intensely personal passions for acquiring rare and beautiful volumes have, through the eventual deposit of their treasures in the Library, gone on to enrich the national heritage.

This exhibition presents ten such collectors, whose lives span the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. As well as placing on display some of the most splendid, distinctive and—in a few cases—unexpected items held in the Library, it allows us to observe the changing motives, fashions and tastes of book-collectors over the course four hundred years.

Admission is free and the exhibition runs until 16 June 2012.

Sarum College features in Songs of Praise 29 January

Aled Jones

Aled JonesAled Jones of the BBC’s Songs of Praise visited Sarum College earlier this month to film a programme about 21st century hymnwriters and discover what makes a modern classic.

Finding enough material to create a programme on people living today who write and compose traditional hymns drawing solely from the Songs of Praise’s existing archive was a challenge, says producer Rowan Morton-Gledhill.

The series usually broadcasts either traditional hymns from past centuries or works which were destined to be accompanied by a group in worship style. But Morton-Gledhill’s efforts to introduce modern hymn writers and their works over the last decade have paid off and the programme is “packed with music,” she says.

“My colleagues and I had interviewed some of these hymn writers, so we were able to re-use brief comments from interviews going back as far as 2003,” says Morton-Gledhill. “I felt very moved to hear the integrity, faith, creativity and humanity which prompts both professional and part-time hymn writers to add to our rich heritage across Anglican, Nonconformist/Methodist and Catholic Church traditions.

“It was the relevance of traditional worship to the the 21st century, and a desire to reflect and emphasise the ecumenical nature of sacred music in both Songs of Praise and the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) that prompted me to film the links at Sarum College and to interview RSCM Director Lindsay Gray. Both institutions comfortably blend the best of both ancient and modern.

My only regret is that this was a one-off programme and not an entire series, as inevitably some great British hymn writers, such as Christopher Idle, had to be left out due to lack of suitable congregational music archive.”

The selection of modern classics featured on the programme includes the following:

* Christ Triumphant (Michael Saward) to Guiting Power (John Barnard)
* Living In The Light (Brigid Pailthorpe) to Godmanchester (Peter Moger)
* We Cannot Measure How You Heal
* O God, You Search Me (Bernadette Farrell)
* The Lord Bless You (John Rutter)

The programme airs on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday 29th January 2012.

A Flawed Pearl Contemporary Art Exhibition

A Flawed Pearl Chair

A Flawed Pearl Chair

The local arts group Sarum Artists is holding an exhibition at Sarum College entitled, A Flawed Pearl.  It runs from 6 -20 January 2012.

The premise for A Flawed Pearl exhibition is that something/someone does not have to be perfect, beautiful or important in the traditional sense to be all those things and more.

With paintings in a variety of media and a sculpture of mixed media, some work will reflect that beautiful things are often less than perfect and that imperfect things are beautiful. Some things are just necessary, a part of our life and we have to value them for that. At a time when it seems that our society places a lot of value on having the best of everything, maybe its time to consider that life isn’t, nor should it be, like that.

Sarum Artists are a group of former Fine Art students from Wiltshire College. As a group and individually they exhibit mostly in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.

The exhibition is completely free and is open to all.
Open times: Weekdays and Saturdays 9-5.

Sarum Artist Contacts
Moira Ross Chairman
07788437225
mo@moiraross.com

or

Ray Brotherton
01722 414299
rayb@mypostoffice.co.uk

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