Explore Art Salisbury Launch on Saturday June 1

Sarum College is among the six visual arts venues that have come together to launch Explore Art Saturday in Salisbury to encourage people to visit the many galleries and exhibition spaces the city has to offer.

EASMembers organise visual art events in their venues on the first Saturday of the month to add further incentive to visit.  The first Explore Art Saturday is on June 1st and the number of venues is expected to grow as the idea develops.

“Cultural events are already a huge draw for people to visit Salisbury,” says Deborah Fox of the Fisherton Mill.  “We hope this will spread the word that the first Saturday of the month is an especially good time to visit for the visual arts.”

“The venues are all very different, ranging from independent young artists to well-established galleries,” explains Martin Urmson of the Urmson-Burnett Gallery.  “What we have in common is the aim to let people know that Salisbury is a great place to see art.”

Sarum College is showcasing the work of sculptor Anthony Abrahams who has turned his talents to drawing with an iPad.  The exhibition is open from 9 am to 5pm on Saturday.

Also on the first Explore Art Saturday line-up is:

Urmson-Burnett Gallery Installation and sculpture show with an interactive twist by Prudence Maltby and Henny Burnett. Called ‘Collectors Tracks’ the exhibition invites visitors to take away a miniature sculpture made from material collected during walks across the Wiltshire landscape.  From 11am – 5pm. Meet the artists between 2 and 4 pm when they will be happy to answer questions.

NewRed in Fisherton Street will be open from 11am to 3pm when you can find out about their 24-hour city portrait project which took place earlier this month.

Studio 53, George St, have an abstract show called ‘Distil’ which is open to view between 10am and 5pm.

Fisherton Mill invites you to meet the artists from their latest show ‘See art in photography’ between 12pm and 3pm. Opening hours 9.30 – 5.30pm.

Salisbury Arts Centre: Laurence Rushby’s installation ‘A Thousand Sheep’ is open 10am – 3pm. Between 11.30am – 2pm there is a family picnic with live sheep, shearing and wool-spinning.

Art Wanted for Sarum’s New Rooms

Salisbury Cathedral Close by Ash Mills

Sarum College celebrates the launch of its newly refurbished and created bedrooms by offering local artists and photographers a special way to showcase their talent.

“Sarum College already offers visitors to Salisbury an unforgettable experience: comfortable and modern accommodation in historic buildings from which you can walk straight out of the front door into the most magnificent Cathedral Close in England,” says Christine Nielsen-Craig, director of development and marketing.

“This scheme adds the finishing touch: we’re looking for original art to make visitor stays that much more inspiring and special.”

Sarum College now has 40 contemporary, en-suite bedrooms thanks to the refurbishment of a wing designed by the Victorian architect William Butterfield. All the new rooms are simply decorated; none have a television.

With more than 10,000 guests a year coming from all over the world for residential courses, conferences and meetings – or simply to use the College’s B&B facilities – artists will be able to reach a wide audience.

“Art forms part of the education programme at Sarum College and is an integral feature of the environment through our regular exhibitions and the artworks we already have on long-term loan.

Sarum has been part of the arts community for a number of years now and this initiative extends that engagement further,” says Canon Keith Lamdin, principal of Sarum College.

“Many of our visitors come on a spiritual journey of some kind – others come simply for a lovely place to stay. Through art, we see and look a bit differently at the world, and for some this a path to reflection and contemplation. So we hope all our guests, whatever their reason for visiting, will feel inspired by an original work of art, one which they can even buy to take home.”

The first artwork is a photograph of the High Street gate entrance to the Close by freelance photographer Ash Mills. All contributions accepted to the scheme will be fully credited, publicised through our website (www.sarum.ac.uk) and for sale. All proceeds go directly to the artist.

The launch includes a special promotion for first-time guests to Sarum College: from May 23rd, the first five people to book a stay of two nights or more will receive a free print of a photograph of the Cathedral Close entrance by Ash Mills. A framed print will be the first artwork in the scheme to be hung in one of the new rooms of refurbished Butterfield Wing. Make a booking enquiry

Artists wishing to submit a proposal for to Sarum’s art scheme should contact Christine Nielsen-Craig.

Book Your First Stay at Sarum College and Win a Free Print

Salisbury Cathedral Close by Ash MillsFollowing the completion of our bedroom refurbishment programme, Sarum College now has 40 contemporary en-suite bedrooms in one of England’s most inspirational locations.

To celebrate, we’re offering the first five new guests who book a stay of two nights or more a free print of a photograph of the Cathedral Close entrance (pictured above) by freelance photographer Ash Mills.

To win, simply mention this offer at the time of booking. First five new bookings only.

Contact our hospitality team
01722 424800  |  hospitality@dev.sarum.ac.uk

Bookshop Bestsellers May 2013

1.  Archbishop Justin Welby: the Road to Canterbury by Andrew Atherstone. Dartman, Longman and Todd £7.99

2.  The Helmsley Chronicles by David Wilbourne. Darton, Longman and Todd £12.99

3.  The Theology of the Gospel of Matthew by Ulrich Luz. Cambridge University Press £18.99

4.  Finding Your Leadership Style by Keith Lamdin. SPCK £9.99. Reviewed in the ChurchTimes, 7th June 2013

5.  Matthew: a Shorter Commentary by W.D. Davies. T&T Clark £34.99

6.  The Preaching Workbook by David Day. SPCK £9.99

7.  Woodbine Willie: an Unsung hero of World War One by Bob Holman. Lion Books £9.99

8. Falling Upward by Richard Rohr. SPCK £10.99

9.  Being a Deacon Today, by Rosalind Brown.  SCM Canterbury Press £12.99

10. Introducing Jesus: Life-Changing Encounters from the Gospel of John, by Tim Chester. The Good Book Company £3.49

Book of the Month: May 2013

archbishop-justin-welby-the-road-to-canterburyArchbishop Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury,  by Andrew Atherstone (2013)

Who is Justin Welby and what sort of Archbishop will he be?  This little book offers a readable account of his life thus far.  It is not really a biography, but more a combination of an expanded commentary on his CV and a letter of recommendation by an evangelical scholar who teaches history and doctrine at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

The book is well-documented, drawing on interviews, archives, articles from parish magazines and even audio recordings of seminars given at New Wine.  The references are all footnoted, but hard to follow-up in the absence of a list of abbreviations or a bibliography.  This gives the book a gossipy flavour in places that readers will either find entertaining or exasperating.  For example we are told that Justin was a honeymoon baby but that his parents soon divorced and his father became engaged to be married to Vanessa Redgrave, ‘a 23 year old budding actress less than half his age’.

The early chapters contain quite a bit of padding, such as the statistics of Enterprise Oil’s production between 1984 and 1989, and the chapter on Welby’s curacy and first incumbency in Coventry Diocese is unremarkable, describing the work of a capable evangelical minister.  In contrast, the chapter on his time at Coventry Cathedral is more nuanced.  It shows him using his gifts to engage in a costly ministry of reconciliation, particularly in Nigeria, complete with the ‘Six R’s’ of reconcilation.  It is notable that he has less success in reconciling groups of Christians in Coventry, than in Nigeria.  The recurrent themes of Welby’s time in Liverpool and Durham are mission and evangelism, with godly money management. Salisbury readers will be pleased to note his close links with the Benedictine monks now living in the Close.

Overall, the picture emerges of a likeable leader with a genuine desire to follow Christ.  I valued learning a little more about the new Archbishop’s experience and priorities.  These do not necessarily indicate the way he might take in the future, as his obedience to Christ has taken him in some unexpected directions thus far.

Reviewed by David Holgate, Principal of STETS.

Published by Darton, Longman and Todd, ‘Archbishop Justin Welby’ is normally priced at £7.99.  Mention the Website to order a copy at the special price of £7.49 and POST FREE FROM Sarum College Bookshop until  May 31st  2013.