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A Creative Pilgrimage – The Journey So Far

Date Posted: Tuesday 13 October 2020

Former Art Teachers Bay Lees & Alex Le Rossignol will be exhibiting their work in ‘A Creative Pilgrimage – The Journey So Far’ as part of The Canterbury Festival.

This exhibition of work is based on the first half of their 67 mile pilgrimage from Rochester to Ramsgate along the Augustine Camino, which they have been walking with five other Kent artists.

The exhibition focuses on their journey from Rochester to Painters Forstal, and explores their individual responses to the pilgrimage through a variety of media. They have walked through the winter months from November 2019 to March 2020 experiencing the seasonal changes in the landscape and nature, and visiting Christian places of worship along the route, all of which have inspired their art through a variety of media including paintings, iconography, sculpture, ceramics, photography, charcoal sketches stained glass etc.

The exhibition is part of Canterbury Festival and is taking place on the following Saturdays: 17, 24 and 31 October 2020 open 10.30am to 5.00pm at Chartham Vineyard Gallery, Burnt House Farm, Station Road, Chartham, Canterbury CT4 7HU.

There will be several talks during the exhibition and details will follow in the next week or so.

For many years Alex successfully made stained glass windows for churches in the Canterbury Diocese and beyond. However, she has now moved into a new direction having recently finished a three year course on iconography led by Iconographer Peter Murphy. Alex hopes to respond to the pilgrimage through producing a series of icons inspired by the Saints in the landscape and a sketchbook of the journey.

Bay’s aim with this project is to continually record the route by quickly sketching as she walks so that a continual journey is captured. The drawings become almost automatic as there is no time to think about the mark making.

For more info on the project, please see their website.