The Lie of the Land: Sarum College Exhibits Tim Harrisson Sculptures

The Recumbent Stone I and IITim Harrisson sculptures inspired by Wiltshire Chalk Downland, The Recumbent Stones I and II, are on display at the front of Sarum College.

These two open-ended horizontal carvings by the Hindon-based sculptor Tim Harrisson seek to draw attention to the lie of the land and are directly inspired by the open and closed forms of the South Wiltshire Chalk Downland.

They are carved in two types of Bath Stone, I in Monk’s Park and II in Westwood Ground. Bath Stone is an oolitic limestone formed in the Jurassic period 195 to 135 million years ago. Its natural softness and warm colour are sympathetic to the gentle structures and rhythms of the downs. It is comparatively easy to work allowing for a direct physical carving where improvisation and a flexibility boarding on the elastic are possible.

Recumbent Stones III, IV and V are on show outside Dorset County Hall, Dorchester.

Harrisson has works on long-term and permanent loan throughout England, including A Pattern Of Life, Third Court, Christ’s College, Cambridge; and, Wake and Within the Edge, The New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury.

In 2012, Harrisson was elected to The Royal West of England Academy and participated in its Autumn Exhibition.

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Abrahams’ iPad Exhibition

Longstanding artistic themes and fresh means of expressing them come together in this exhibition by the sculptor Anthony Abrahams.

Ever the innovator, Anthony has recently turned to explore the new technique of iPrinting.

“The immediacy and flexibility of iPrinting is remarkable. To be able to change your mind, to adjust and modulate without problems, can lead to a fluency unknown in almost all other printing techniques. But it is more than just a quick and relatively easy way of print making. As a new technique it provides the opportunity for a new kind of image, one perhaps in which individual pixels play a major part.”

Anthony Abrahams

“These works perfectly illustrate how the new can be enhanced and enriched by a conversation with the old,” says Maggie Guillebaud, who heads the Sarum College arts committee.

“Anthony Abrahams’ engagement with new forms of media are a testament to his remarkable and continuing inventiveness and enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of art in a digital world.”

The exhibition is free and open daily. Open times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 2pm. Limited edition prints are for sale with prices starting at £275.

Anthony Abrahams is an eminent British sculptor. Ever the innovator Anthony has recently turned to explore the new technique of iPrinting, the subject of this exhibition. He is represented by Pangolin London.

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Sarum College – A ‘Jolly’ B&B

Cathedral from CollegeSarum College featured in the Guardian travel supplement over the weekend (19 January 2013).

Described as an “ecumenical centre that doubles as a jolly B&B”, the writer recommends guests rise early to have the cathedral grounds all to themselves.

We couldn’t agree more!

Fancy a quiet break in the Cathedral Close during Holy Week?

Contact our hospitality team to make a booking. Telephone 01722 424800 or email

Feedback of the Month

Colin Woolcock

Colin WoolcockEvery now and then we get an extra special note on our feedback forms.

We thought we would share this one, from Colin Woolcock, who attended the recent Liturgy and Time course in mid-December:

“Special atmosphere in every particular.  Couldn’t have asked for more.  As newcomer, I felt relaxed from the start.  Food – good, with a vegetarian alternative, self-service eliminates waste.  ‘Excellent’ seems inadequate to describe the whole experience.”

Many thanks to Colin for his comments!

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Book of the Month: January 2013

Dreaming of Home by Michael Mitton (2012)

We need this book! It has inspiration and real brilliance, to lift us into a different way of thinking.  Now, in an wildly unsettled world, perhaps more than ever, we long for home, for the place where we are loved and accepted – within God’s Kingdom.

At a time when the church is looking to the future, when it is evolving – about to discover the new ArchBishop’s thinking on both role and context: we are compelled to find a new way of looking at our place, our ‘home’ in this world as much as the next.

Starting expectantly to listen – at last – as if our lives depend on it: we might begin to find the way to answer Bonhoeffer’s question “Who am I?” as one of the ‘many voices and many visions’ leading the way into a healed future.

Pete Hughes’ Foreword states something we urgently need to rediscover: ‘authenticity’ in “making our Church a genuine home… for people… to heal, find life, find love, and find adventure…(this is) a critical message for the Church today: how to engage with … those spiritually searching for ‘home’.”

That longing for Michael Mitton’s ‘authenticity’ is “not just in the expectations of the unchurched, but among Church members themselves”. It is what enables acceptance of difference, without rejection: it is a sense of profound relationship, which comes from listening to people who hold very different views from ours. Church should never be a place of unchallenged ‘settling’ but a base camp for exploration and fresh encounter.

This is a book I shall delight in having on my shelf, in my hands, on my heart – and will want to give to other friends who can share a wide delight in this marvellously written book by a superb author.

Reviewed by Lavender Buckland LLM

Published by BRF, “Everyday God” is normally priced £7.99.  Mention “Sarum College Bookshop Website” to order a copy at the special price of £7.49 and POST FREE from Sarum College Bookshop until January 31st 2013.