Ripon Cathedral to host much-admired sculptor

Prayer to my Father, part of a solo sculpture exhibition by Linda Thompson at Ripon Cathedral.
Prayer to my Father, part of a solo sculpture exhibition by Linda Thompson at Ripon Cathedral.

COMING soon to Ripon Cathedral is a major solo exhibition by much-admired local sculptor Linda Thompson.

Called Inner Tendrils, it’s a return visit for Linda who held a solo exhibition at Ripon Cathedral three years ago and was asked to exhibit again in future by Dean Keith Jukes.

Linda received a B.A. in Art and Design at Ripon and York St. John in 1985, a P.G.C.E. at Bretton College, Wakefield in 1987, and an M.A. in the History and Theory of Sculpture Studies at Leeds University in 1991.

She was a founder member of Yorkshire Sculptors Group and has exhibited widely throughout the Yorkshire region since 1985.

Her work is held in collections throughout the world and a sculpture by her of Richard the Third was commissioned by English Heritage for Middleham castle some 15 years ago and is still there today.

Whilst Linda has enjoyed exhibiting within gallery venues in the past, in recent years she has enjoyed creating work which is a direct response to the stimulating environment of local religious and historical venues.

Within this exhibition at Ripon Cathedral she has considered ideas of pilgrimage and will be placing work within the passages of the ancient crypt, and Dark Dragon who is approximately 7’ high is a direct response to the real and mythical creatures which can be found carved on the beautiful misericords.

Loaves and fishes which is made of microwaved bread is a direct response to a story from the Bible, whilst her Interlace and Spiral works attempt to create simple three dimension forms from the patterns which are to be found within the beautiful illuminated manuscripts of northern England.

Within this exhibition Linda hopes to extend her own awareness of three-dimensional forms but to also create work which strikes a common cultural and aesthetic chord and which is accessible to the viewer.

Linda’s work has developed slowly over the last three years but always as a direct result of an observation and consideration of the venue.

The exhibition starts on Monday, June 26 and runs to Sunday, August 7.

Admission is free and during normal Cathedral opening times. It is Arts Council funded.