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This summer, local painters and sketch artists are invited to create their own impressions of this Victoria landmark during ARTicipate!, the Cathedral Summer Artfest.

In this new event, artists can set up with easels and sketch pads in the Cathedral and its precinct from June 30 to August 31. A concluding exhibition and sale of works created at the summer art festival will be mounted in the Cathedral from September 30 to October 14. Art includes two-dimensional drawings and paintings in any style, in media that can be executed on site. Some images may also be selected for the 90th anniversary (in 2019) of the Cathedral’s consecration.

Whether the subject is the rich and colourful interior or the distinctive stonemasonry of the Gothic exterior, there is plenty of inspiration, say the organizers. “I know that the Cathedral and the grounds are special places of reflection for many people,” said the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, The Very Rev’d Ansley Tucker. “So we are looking forward to seeing others’ creative impressions of the Cathedral – inside and out.”
“The Cathedral has long been a destination for art groups and solo artists,” said committee member Joan Richardson. “Now we want to extend a special invitation to all “plein air” artists to choose to come here and get involved in an art show at the end of the season.”

When: Artists may set up anywhere outdoors on the Cathedral precinct seven days a week. The interior of the cathedral will be accessible to artists from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Within the cathedral building, artists may set up in any area open to the public. Some exceptions may apply during services of public worship, or other events such as concerts.
Who: The Cathedral welcomes individuals and small groups, and artists of all ages and abilities.
Groups of more than five are urged to contact the Cathedral Office in advance at 250.383.2714 to ensure that space is available.
Prize sponsors include Opus Art Supplies and the Vancouver Island School of Art.
How: On their initial visit, artists must register at the Cathedral office, 930 Burdett Avenue. That way, Cathedral staff can alert artists to events (e.g. funerals) which may affect their access to one or more areas in the cathedral.
On subsequent visits, artists must check in at the Cathedral office to advise of their presence.