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 ( 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.

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