PHIL WHITING: PLACES OF MOURNING IN THE WESTERN WORLD

A temporary display of artworks in the North Transept

Thursday 20 October - Wednesday 16 November 

Hereford Cathedral hosts the powerful work of Phil Whiting F.R.S.A, a landscape painter, in the North Transept this Autumn. The artworks are informed by issues around conflict, memory and human rights. In April 1995 at the height of the Bosnian war, in an attempt to understand why genocidal behaviour was once again happening in the heart of Europe, Phil embarked upon a project which became known as 'Places of Mourning in the Western World'. The project had two overriding objectives: to answer the question why in Bosnia at the heart of Europe is genocide taking place when we were promised “Never Again”, and to make artwork inspired by the belief that painting can best awaken and speak truth directly to a wider audience than can the spoken word.

The exhibition explores the concept that history itself is but the narrative of human behaviour. It is about what we do to one another and to our world, about what we want to believe and about what we avoid believing even if the truth that can save us in the end is the casualty.

'Places of Mourning in the Western World' has met with much critical acclaim, with solo exhibitions held at many diverse venues. These include The European Parliament Building, Brussels, The Royal Cornwall Museum, The BayArt Gallery, Cardiff, New College Anti-Chapel Oxford University, and Truro Cathedral in 2008, 2010 and 2014. Phil has received commissions from organisations such as Amnesty International, The Guardian, English Heritage, The Fund for Refugees in Slovenia, Freedom from Torture and Truro Cathedral.

The exhibition will be in the North Transept from Thursday 20 October – Wednesday 16 November. No admission charges, available to view during cathedral opening hours.

Private View: 

We are hosting a Private View event for this exhibition on the evening of Wednesday 19 October. If you would like to find out more about this please contact [email protected]

Images: 
Sarajevo, Aleppo, Mariupol...the list goes on.   Acrylic, ink and PVA.
The Burning Forest.    Acrylic.