Hidden Treasures Fresh Expressions Newsletter
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Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions is a project that focuses on the Crypt, Library and the 'hidden collections' in the Cathedral's ownership. At the very heart of the project is the creation of a secure exhibition space within the medieval crypt for the display of the collections; a wealth of texts, books, documents, charters, stonework, embroidery, plate, paintings and historical artifacts. The library will also be repaired and renovated to house our remarkable collection more appropriately and enable us to make this part of the collection more accessible.
In February 2013 it was announced that we have been awarded £3.55million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It was the very welcome final piece of the funding jigsaw and would not have been possible without the generosity of other funders including Colyer-Fergusson, Friends of Rochester Cathedral, Rochester Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston, Wolfson, Headley Trust, Esme Fairbairn and the Henry Smith Charity who between them have committed over £1million to the project.
This year will therefore be challenging as we embark on a programme of construction works to undertake the necessary repairs and modifications to deliver our project. Whilst some areas will be closed during the works we will continue to be open to visitors and services will continue as normal albeit mostly in the Nave.
Messiah and Christmas Carols for All
Christmas Services 2013Advent Carol Service
Sunday 1 December - 18:30
Saturday 14 December - 12:30
Saturday 14 December - 15:15
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 December - 19:30
The First Evensong of Christmas - 15:15
The Blessing of the Crib - 16:00
The Eucharist of Christmas Night - 23:30 - Preacher: The Bishop
Holy Communion (BCP) - 08:00
The Eucharist of Christmas Morning - 10:30 - Preacher: The Dean
All are welcome at any of these services
There is no reserved seating at any of our Christmas Services.
Entrance is free.
Moment to Moment an exhibition by Randy KleinAugust 3rd saw the exhibition launch of American born scultor Randy Klein's work Moment to Moment. This is a collection of more than 100 small sculptures which together make up a single narrative like a series of stills from a film clip. Each piece is an intimate, stand-alone moment in a life. However, it is when viewed as a whole that the full impact of this enormous artwork is revealed.
Klein’s work has long been about ways in which art can indicate a higher need within us, one which transcends the fleeting world of 'things'. By placing Moment to Moment within the physical and spiritual context of a cathedral, visitors are viewing it in an environment that is conducive to contemplating life’s big questions. The cathedral setting invites visitors to make personal interpretations and also engage with the work’s central theme - an Everyman’s journey from the quotidian to the eternal. A tale of transcendence.
“You often hear it said that 'museums of art are our new churches' but in practice art museums often abdicate much of their potential. Hence the all-too-frequent question with which we leave the modern museum of art: what did that mean? Visual art in my view should be more than beauty for its own sake. In spite of its physical form, it should transcend this physicality and enrich the soul.” Randy Klein
BBC South East Today recently filmed a piece on the exhibition which was broadcast on 8th August 2013.
The exhibition runs from 3rd to 26th August and is open daily 9am to 5pm. Free entry.
For more information on the artist, please visit www.facebook.com/randykleinart
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