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Posted by: Pupils | 06 Mar 2015

Paul Hobbs Exhibition

On Thursday 26 February, the Year 9 pupils visited a contemporary art exhibition in the Anglican Cathedral. The artist whose work was being displayed in the biggest Anglican cathedral in Europe - a magnificent work of art in itself - was Paul Hobbs. When we arrived he greeted us, before we split up to make our own way around the various works of art and sculptures situated underneath the impressive Benedicite window. The art consisted of a mixture of paintings, sculptures, objects and collages, ranging from abstract art such as Wrapped in Light to the thought provoking, disturbing and more conceptual pieces, such as 70 x 7 and In Emergency Break Glass. In the centre of the area - and the biggest and most striking installation - is Holy Ground, a large circle with a simple sculpture in the centre and surrounded by 30 pairs of shoes with a story from each owner saying what it means for each person to have Jesus Christ as their saviour.

After we had looked around and thought about them, Paul talked to us about his career and calling as an artist and how he came to do what he is doing now, including working on 3p an hour for his first year as a full time artist! The trip both served as an insight into modern Christian art and also into how God calls people to walks of life and careers that may not bring in the most money and success but create thought-provoking material which may trigger someone’s first steps of walking with God or inspire people to make an impact in the world.

Daniel Lawrence