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Exhibition of art based on Lichfield Cathedral’s gargoyles

One of David Harban's etchings

One of David Harban's etchings

An artist inspired by the gargoyles of Lichfield Cathedral will be displaying his work in the city.

David Harban will display his work at the Cathedral from May 2 to 25. He said:

“I am delighted to be exhibiting my work in Lichfield Cathedral. The cathedral is richly adorned with gargoyles and stone carvings which have been a source of inspiration for my etchings.”

The Gothic Horrors exhibition will be on during Cathedral opening hours (weekdays 7.30am until 6.15pm, Saturdays 8am until 6.15pm and Sunday 7.30am until 6.30pm). Entrance to the Cathedral is free of charge but donations are welcome.

Canon Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, said:

“It is thought that in the medieval church, gargoyles and grotesques were a way of poking fun at the devil – a monstrous gurning at monsters, if you like, in the assurance that through the work of Christ, all the powers of evil are vanquished, and love prevails.  It is in that spirit that we look forward to hosting David’s exhibition: not to glorify horror, but like a blood-thirsty fairy tale, to tame it by laughing at it in confidence that there is a Higher Power. “

The exhibition will also be accompanied by informal meet the artist sessions and printmaking demonstrations on May 2, 16 and 23 from 11am to 1pm or 2pm to 3.30pm.

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