Truro Shares Green Message

16th March 2022

Artworks have gone on display in Truro Cathedral that examine the climate crisis, and this Saturday it will hold its first Green Fair – part of the Cathedral’s commitment to raising awareness of the environment and sustainability.

Unravelling by Ilya Fisher, is a series of artworks that layer photography and embroidery to provoke the viewer to engage with the topic.

It opened in the Cathedral’s south choir aisle this week and the artist will be at the cathedral on Thursdays from 3-5pm to meet visitors and discuss the work.

Speakiing about her exhibition, Ilya said: “Unravelling is a series of artworks looking at the climate crisis and our response to it. Our need to look away, and our need to face it. It’s about the anxiety that is stirred up in us and the excuses we tell ourselves. And it’s about hope.”

Unravelling is available until April 8.

This Saturday, Truro Cathedral will hold its first Green Fair, a networking opportunity for churches, charities, businesses and civic organisations with an interest in tackling climate change and protecting the natural environment.

The day runs from 10-4pm and includes a keynote session with a film by Cornwall Climate Care and a Q and A led by Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, the Bishop of St Germans, and Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change.

There’s a Speakers Corner inviting visitors to have their say, and there will be closing worship led by the Bishop of St Germans with music from Cornwall Junior Choir local youth choirs.

Last year Truro Cathedral appointed its first Canon for Creation Care, the Revd Canon Elly Sheard – a move that is part of the Diocese of Truro’s new environment strategy.

Canon Elly said:

“I am delighted that Ilya’s thought-provoking and moving work is going to be displayed at Truro Cathedral during Lent. As we reflect upon the many ways in which our lives and the life of the world need to be transformed, Ilya’s work leads us most effectively into the vital area of climate change and God’s call on our lives to address this issue. 

“I am also very excited by Truro Cathedral’s Big Green Fair this Saturda, which will bring together civic, charitable, business and church groups from across Cornwall with a shared interest in caring for the environment. I hope that many good conversations will take place and new connections be forged amongst the many people in our county who care so deeply for the natural world we inhabit,” she added.

Green Fair – Sat March 19 – 10-4pm

Unravelling exhibition by Ilya Fisher – 14 March – 8 April  

Photo –  Paradise Lost by Ilya Fisher