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Launch of ‘Sentence: A Work in Progress’ by Alan O’Cain and 'What the Femin...
Tue 7 March 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
‘Sentence’ will be exhibited in Manchester Cathedral between 1 March and 23 April 2017. There will be a launch event attended by the artist and other guests on 7 March at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
During Lent, Manchester Cathedral will be exhibiting ‘Sentence: A Work in Progress’, by Alan O’Cain. This is a series of eight large artworks, each marking a year of one man’s sixteen year sentence in a US prison. We asked Alan to explain how this project had come about.
‘Sentence’ is inspired by my correspondence with a British man in his sixties serving a sixteen year prison sentence for securities fraud. Up until his incarceration he was a successful and highly-respected professional and family man, working in the US financial sector; a lover and collector of modern art. When the irregularities of hiscompany’s business accounting were uncovered, he was advised by a legal team to plead guilty, never expecting to be given a sixteen-year prison sentence, with a minimum of fourteen years before possible parole and immediate deportation to the UK.
Shortly after he began the sentence, I began writing to him about his fascination with the meaning of art and also the devastating emotional impact of his sentence. The power of his written words overwhelmed me. I wanted to explore this artistically with him and suggested the present project. He and his very supportive wife immediately agreed, seeing this as a creative and positive chink in his wall of psychological darkness.
To find out more, download the February edition of Cathedral News.
What the Feminist Theologians Say… by Mei Yuk Wong
This site specific work for the Tower space at Manchester Cathedral consists of a piece of hand embroidered black cloth draped over a large table. The cloth is embroidered with gold coloured thread, featuring quotations by feminist theologians from around the world. Their quotations can ignite thought provoking discussions on social, political and theological issues. In the Tower space the walls are covered with the names of mainly prominent male figures. The new work exists in striking contrast to this particular context.