Students to exhibit in Bishop's garden
The Bishop of Rochester is opening up his garden for a unique exhibition by students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).
'Into the Garden' will showcase 3D work by Pre-Degree students from UCA Rochester in the grounds of his Bishopscourt residence in St Margaret's Street, during weekends throughout June.
The collaboration was developed by the Bishop of Rochester's wife, Bridget Langstaff, and UCA Further Education course leader, Gary Clough.
Mrs Langstaff said: "Having done a great deal of work in the Bishopscourt garden over the past year, we were keen that people from the community should come and visit.
"An art exhibition was suggested by UCA's Gary Clough, which I thought was a perfect way to recognise the effort that the students have made, forge links between the church and the University, and at the same time show that the garden can be used for a wide variety of events.
"The garden is an apt setting because it is also an example of creativity and much of it is still work in progress. I hope that local people will take advantage of the opportunity to come 'Into the Garden'."
Students have taken pieces from their final show at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in May and reworked them to fit the new outdoor space.
3D lecturer, Rebecca Waterworth, said: "The exhibition has been a chance for the students to create and show a piece of work in a garden setting, which is a bit more challenging than producing work to be seen in a gallery.
"By placing the work in a new context, the show aims to explore the theme of transcendence into other realms.
"These significant gestures come at a time when the students are leaving the course at UCA to go onto their selected degree programmes across the country so it seems apt therefore that they are given this opportunity by the Bishop of Rochester to wave a fond farewell as they step 'into the Garden'."
The private view for the exhibition will take place on Saturday 9 June between 1 and 4pm. It will then show during every weekend in June between 2 and 4pm at Bishopscourt, Rochester, and can also be viewed by appointment.
For more information contact:
David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939