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|Nicola Dale - Between
'Between', Nicola Dale, 2013. Manchester Cathedral's
Cathedral on the Street. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Steve Iles
Nicola Dale ''Between', a sculpture for Manchester Cathedral and Manchester
Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque
Project: The aims for the project, apart from a meaningful engagement with
visual art and the artist and the production of a substantial new quality
artwork, were to improve opportunities for learning which build understanding
and to develop structures and processes which support dialogue and social
'Between', a delicate entrance-way and exit, is manifest as two human-sized,
wooden archways, each painstakingly decorated, differently, with hand-painted,
paper, abstract shapes. Although appearing irregular these shapes are actually
doubled, negative spaces contained within photographs of a walk Dale took
between the Cathedral and the Mosque. Becoming a physical link between the two
places, at each junction on her journey she took a photograph looking one way,
towards the Mosque, and then the other, looking towards the Cathedral.
Dale's process-based work started with the idea of exploring the notion of
passage, as both a journey and a piece of writing. Her attendance at meetings of
the study groups of the two 'people of The Book', learning of their faith, their
book, their stories and their enquiring minds, led her to select the potent
symbol of the arch, as both welcome and farewell, which she revealed as the
foundation for her artwork during a walk together in Wythenshawe Park.
The two communities also, together, visited the Manchester Gallery's 'First Cut'
exhibition (since touring nationally) in which Nicola Dale's work featured and
the artist's city centre studio.
Comment: Dr. Jacques Rangasamy MBE writes: 'The project is ....... constructed
within a third position, not one of independence from the Christian and Muslim
positions, but one that can be likened rather to the third point in a triangular
rerlationship, not unlike a theorem, that could potentially generate a corporate
The Catalogue for 'Between' is available from Art and Sacred Places price £7.00.
The catalogue includes: A revealing conversation between artist Nicola Dale and
project curator Angela Peagram; Articles which range from philosophical
reflection to cultural enquiry, and from hope for harmony and peace to
encouragement of an honest, appreciative, congregational response by Sheikh
Mohammed Saeed Elsaeiti, Imam at the Mosque, the Revd Canon Andrew Shanks, the
Cathedral's then Canon Theologian, and Dr Jacques Rangasamy MBE, senior lecturer
in visual art at the University of Salford; Plus poetry by the Revd Rachel Mann
and Dr Alwyn Marriage.
Exhibitions of 'Between'
2nd October to 27th November 2013
Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque
31st January to 12th March 2014
British Muslim Heritage Centre, Whalley Range, Manchester
Opening times: Everyday 14.00 to 18.00
Please ring in advance of your visit: 0161 881 8062 Ext 1
Project funders: Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through
Arts Council England and Manchester City Council