A Rare Opportunity
24 April - 11 June 2017 | 10.00 - 16.00
This exciting exhibition has, as its centrepiece, a watercolour of Lichfield Cathedral painted by world renowned artist J M W Turner in 1832 (pictured). Until recently this painting has been in a private collection. It now goes on public display for the first time in many years.
Alongside it are Turner's sketches for the painting, loaned by Tate Britain. The Turner exhibits are joined by 17 pictures showing how artists have portrayed the Cathedral over five centuries, seeing the same building in their own distinctive ways. These include paintings from the city's Samuel Johnson Birthplace and from other private collections, and a new work by Peter Walker, Lichfield Cathedral's artist-in-residence. Also included are the winning entries from the Cathedral's 2016 art and photography competition.
Other activity during the exhibition includes a showing of the award-winning film Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall and directed by Mike Leigh, and a production of the West End play The Painter. Follow the links to find out more!
This exhibition is FREE but we rely on your generous donations to stay open.
The exhibition will be centred in the Chapter House inside the Cathedral, and will be open 10.00 - 16.00 Monday - Saturday and 12.30 - 14.30 on Sundays.