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The day the churches shut up shop

Image: St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock, 24th March 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. This week, the churches closed. The coronavirus spreads worldwide, and in line with a governmental announcement curbing all social gatherings on the 23rd of March, the Church of England confirmed the closure of all church buildings on the 24th. There are so many …

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Seeing red with Paul Cummins

Image: A Paul Cummins’ poppy hits the dirt in Bristol. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. It’s 2015. We’re thinking about the New Year. But this is my stake in the ground for the old year, for memory, for something inscribed in the winter ground of dirt and decay. Arriving in the post a couple of days …

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Saying Christmas louder than words

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last month analysing the iconographic language of photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron. Her photographs of Mary are undoubtedly tied to the realism of a posed, dressed up model who is trying to look like a biblical Mary. But the question I keep coming back to is how …

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Artist-in-Residence comes home

Image: Trinity College 1977 (detail). Photograph supplied by May Cropley. My first week as Artist-in-Residence at Trinity College, Bristol has passed in a flurry of grant applications, delivering books and studio, and finding the teaspoons. Getting to the post on time, clocking in with my PhD supervisor in Cheltenham, remembering that my long summer loans …

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