Liverpool

Art exhibition focuses on Liverpool Cathedral interior

Liverpool Cathedral
Image caption The drawings in Cathedral Spaces focus on the building's large internal space

The giant spaces inside the UK's largest cathedral are the inspiration for a new art exhibition.

Cathedral Space is a series of drawings by artist Colin Taylor of the interior of Liverpool Cathedral.

He spent 15 months working on the project creating drawings in charcoal, graphite and cast iron powder which will be displayed in locations throughout the cathedral.

The exhibition is open from 7 March to 26 April and entrance is free.

Liverpool Cathedral, which took 74 years to build, houses the world's highest and heaviest church bells in the 331ft-high Vestey Tower. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.

'Load of air'

"With all my work I try to reflect the experience of actually being in a particular location. It's not just what you see but how you respond to the quiet," Mr Taylor said.

"It is a massive space, but in a way I'm kind of used to drawing massive spaces.

"A lot of my work is to do with landscape and landscape around mountainous environments.

Image caption Liverpool Cathedral is the UK's largest and fifth biggest cathedral in the world

"So you're dealing with a lot of space in the first place and I suppose it kind of dawned on me that this was a large internal space - a whole load of air.

"I was trying to deal with the experience of being in there."

Cathedral Spaces is the latest commission for Liverpool Cathedral's Art in the Cathedral project.

In 2008 Tracy Emin was commissioned to create a pink neon sign saying "For You" above the West Door which was winner of the Art and Christianity Enquiry Award for Art in a Religious Context.

Colin Taylor spent months working inside the cathedral, sometimes completing the paintings on the spot, while others he would take away and finish later.

"Some of these drawings take quite a while to do and so I would have eight to 10 drawings on the go at any one time. And then some drawings you just nail in one afternoon - it just varies," he said.

"Having sat down and selected the drawings for the show it has been noticeable to me how many of them are of the huge central space leading up to the Corona gallery.

"So maybe I did keep going back to that, but that was unintentional.

"There are places in the cathedral that I haven't really been able to go.

"I wanted to go up and draw in the Corona gallery but for safety reasons it wasn't really possible to stay up there and get regular access to it, so there are still places that I'd like to go and do some more work."

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