As the focus of a community’s social and cultural life, the medieval cathedrals of Europe were more than places of worship. They provided a space where the people would gather to watch musicians, actors and dancers tell stories through the performance of mystery plays.
Today, many cathedrals continue this tradition by providing a unique performance and exhibition space for the celebration of the creative arts.
Whether it be through sculpture, painting, drama, dance, theatre, literature, architecture, poetry, ballet, music – whatever – these disciplines enable us to probe a deeper reality, and to experience a sense of transcendence which lifts us above the mundane.
St George’s Art
Since its inception in 2003, St George’s Art has become a prestigious annual event in the City of Perth and the Cathedral. The Exhibition provides an excellent platform for students in Western Australian secondary schools to exhibit their work. Many go on to exhibit at the Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Dance and Theatre
The presentation of Dance and Theatre is an integral part of the Cathedral’s ministry. The St George's Dance and Theatre programme celebrates the young and diverse voices throughout the world and creates a space that fosters the creativity of young artists.
This sculpture by Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri is an abstract interpretation of the story of St George and the Dragon. It depicts the triumph of good over evil. Read more here.
Images (top to bottom): St George's Art 2011 Gala Awards Night, 'Hard Rain' by Brittany Evans from St George's Art 2010, Mark Desebrock in Stephen MacDonald's 'Not About Heroes'.