Edith Cavell Exhibition Arrives in Norwich

cavellbrussels250Brian Whelan's The Passion of Edith Cavell, a polyptych of fourteen paintings arrives in Norwich Cathedral for September and October 2015. The work was commisioned by Norwich Cathedral, where Edith Cavell is buried, to commemorate the centenial of her death.

The Passion of Edith Cavell received its world premiere in Washington National Cathedral in July 2014 before travelling to Brussels Cathedral for an exhibiton in July and August 2015.  Now the work has reached the end of its journey and will form an integral part of a series of events at Norwich Cathedral to commemorate the life and death of Edith Cavell including a Graveside Commemoration on October 10 and a Commemorative Service on October 12th, 100 years to the day since Edith Cavell's execution.

“As an artist, the story of Edith Cavell has everything you could want: drama, pathos, love, pain, passion. It is best told in a narrative form, in the same way the Stations of the Cross is experienced, and perhaps the way an illiterate medieval person would ‘read’ them—or as a child might follow a cartoon strip. In the making of the work I discovered in Cavell a profound spiritual dimension of self-sacrifice that I hope viewers of the series will take away with them.” 
Brian Whelan

BrianNorwich2015Brian at Norwich Cathedral

“He goes to dark, grim places, places that in the modern world we like to pretend don’t exist and when he gets there he cracks jokes. This work is the work of the medieval jester.”
Joe Horgan, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award winner

“...celebrated Irish artist...”
Charlie Minter, British and Irish Specialist, Sotheby’s

“Looking at a Whelan painting is like looking at a stained glass window, through the eyes of Bart Simpson.”
Writer and critic Steven Martin

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