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In 2015 Cirencester based sculptor, Rory Young, installed seven new painted stone statues in the empty medieval niches in the nave screen at St Albans Cathedral; the first occurrence of a scheme of painted figures being placed in a church screen since the Reformation and the English Civil War. 

The seven statues were developed over a period of five years; and the preparatory work, designs, sketches and both scaled and full-size maquettes are presented publicly at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester for the first time.

As part of the town’s Abbey900 celebrations New Brewery Arts are presenting Rory’s work alongside fragments of carved, painted stonework from the mediaeval Augustinian abbey that once stood at the heart of Cirencester. Comparing contemporary work with objects produced some 900 years ago, the exhibition explores both the changes and continuity of tradition expressed in creating figurative sculpture for ecclesiastic spaces.

Entitled PROCESS · FORM · COLOUR the exhibition reveals the stages, used both 900 years ago and today, in the creation of new work. The exhibition will also include two new works in progress by Rory Young.

“Rory Young’s research has been meticulous and his workmanship of tremendous quality. The statues are a fine contemporary reworking of a medieval tradition.” 
The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Alban’s Cathedral


Rory Young graduated in Fine Art (Painting) at Camberwell in 1976. A painting tour of the North of England led to specialising in the traditional building arts: stone carving, lettering, masonry and plaster work. He was involved in the Lime Revival, teaching and lecturing on the aesthetics and use of lime in building conservation. He has been an advisor and practitioner restoring authentic surfaces and colours to historic buildings.

Designing the new Genesis cycle for the Great West Door of York Minster led to commissions for statuary. He has sculptural work in Gloucester Cathedral, Southwell Minster and churches in the Cotswolds.  His lettering can be seen in Westminster Abbey, the Guards Chapel, Carlisle Cathedral and in churches and churchyards throughout the UK.

The Seven Martyrs commission at St Albans has brought together all his interests: adding to historic buildings, designing sculpture, stone carving, portraiture, the use of colour and paint techniques, hagiography and the history of the Church.

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