All Saint’s Church in Harston was our local Parish Church where my husband, Euan, and I were married in 2008. Following an invitation from the Reverend Professor Brigid Hadfield to exhibit my artwork in the church, it became an idyllic setting to exhibit sculpture and mosaic as part of Cambridge Open Studios. With over 60 pieces of art on display, the exhibition filled the church, and the natural stone mosaics and sculpture were very much in keeping with the stone and flint work of the building. In the preceding months, working with various members of the Church community to prepare for the exhibition was a joy; together we organised floral interpretations to accompany the artwork and the Church provided a great café.
The artwork was popular and appreciated through sales, orders and commissioned work that arose from the exhibition. Judging by the comments and number of visitors, the atmosphere and event itself was also very much enjoyed, bringing parishioners, villagers and Cambridge Open Studio visitors together.
The Reverend Professor Brigid Hadfield writes:
“The exhibition of the artwork of Sarah was held at All Saints’ Church over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of July as part of Cambridge Open Studios. The Church proved to be a wonderful place to showcase Sarah’s considerable talents. Around 250 people visited the Church over the weekend. It was good to see all those visitors in our Church and it was so pleasing to see Sarah’s work rightly appreciated.
“The Church was beautifully decorated with carefully co-ordinated flower arrangements so that we also enjoyed an accompanying flower festival.
“Throughout the exhibition a first-class café was in place and scores of people enjoyed excellent fare in either the Church or the Churchyard. A marvellous sum in excess of £550 was raised for our restoration funds.
“Also, Sarah very generously donated to the Church a proportion of the sales of her artwork made through the exhibition.
“It was, all in all, a very memorable weekend for the Parish: great works of art on display; beautiful flowers; a top-notch café cheerfully supplied and organised … and a lovely atmosphere.”