Works of art on display at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds

The launch of the Mark Cazalet exhibition -  In Gods Gaze: Silent Colour Meditations - at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
The launch of the Mark Cazalet exhibition - In Gods Gaze: Silent Colour Meditations - at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

An exhibition of work by contemporary British artist Mark Cazalet was launched during a conference at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

More than 70 people attended the conference where Mr Cazalet had 153 images on show.

These including images from his silent colour meditation - A Great Cloud of Witnesses – which will remain on display until February next year.

The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, said: “The day was wonderfully inspiring and enriching and we look forward to living with the images until February next year. They are well worth viewing.”

Mr Cazalet said: “These months of shared silence have been a marvelous and revelatory process, which has changed me, and I hope many of the participants.

“I am deeply grateful to all who were willing to engage with the project, and particularly to the Dean, her Chapter and the wonderful staff of the cathedral.”

Mr Cazalet, who trained at Chelsea and Falmouth School of Art, works in a wide variety of media, on ecclesiastical commissions, his own work and collaborating with communities.

Visitors to the cathedral spent the day with Mr Cazalet and other speakers hearing about what it means to paint portraits and what is conveyed by our faces.

Art historian, Professor Frances Spalding, also spoke to delegates about the history of portraiture and theologian, while Professor Ben Quash spoke on Incarnational Art.