Made in 2022 – Peterborough Cathedral

07th February 2023

Nurses have created a dress entirely from Covid-19 vaccine lids, Ukrainian artists try to express the light of their homeland and other artists respond to the year that was 2022 – the Ukrainian invasion, the Queen’s Jubilee and funeral, soaring temperatures worldwide and other environmental issues.

‘Made in 2022’ exhibition opens at Peterborough Cathedral

For many of us, 2022 was a time of shocking and momentous world events, alongside the ups and downs of ordinary life, and now this momentous year has been brought into focus in a new art exhibition that opens at Peterborough Cathedral this week, called Made in 2022.

Over 300 works of art  can be found on the walls of this historic building inspired by the events of 2022 and include paintings, prints and drawings as well as sculpture, textiles and crafts.

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said:

“The creativity seen everywhere in this exhibition is astonishing and we are so grateful to all the artists who have taken part. 

“All of these pieces, in their own way, shine a light on the joys and sorrows of last year. Seen together in this beautiful, holy place they can help us to reflect on our own recent past and take strength as we move into the future. 

“I hope that many people will come and enjoy the exhibition, and perhaps be inspired to begin making artworks of their own.”  

Ukrainian artists exhibiting include Alla Kamenieva and Mariya Myronova. Alla feels deeply connected to her country and her art expresses “the light and atmosphere of my homeland”, whilst Mariya’s painting Russian games series. Propaganda. 2022  illustrates her experience that, “grandparents from Belarus and Russia don’t understand the real tragedy and continue to repeat TV statements of Russian leaders.”

'Made in 2022’ exhibition opens at Peterborough Cathedral

Nurses Shan Barcroft and Ireen Musarira collected over 2,000 Covid 19 vaccine lids and created a colourful dress represent the optimism felt as we moved from the acute phase of the Covid pandemic. Shan said that the beauty of the dress symbolised the pride she and Ireen have in their role and contribution as nurses during the pandemic.

'Made in 2022’ exhibition opens at Peterborough Cathedral

The pieces were made by around 200 artists who responded to an invitation to enter their work on the theme of 2022 and is open until 2nd March 2023.

The exhibition is supported by Savills and is open during Cathedral visiting hours, 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon to 3pm on Sundays.

Entry is by donation.

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