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DOZENS of youngsters from Catholic schools across the North are displaying their artwork at an Anglican cathedral.

And the exhibition at Durham Cathedral could help pave the way for the first ever papal visit to the North East.

A partnership of University, Anglican Church and Catholic Church representatives has invited Pope Benedict XVI to present a major academic address in Durham Cathedral in the course of his visit to the UK in September.

Meanwhile, the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership South are exhibiting pupil's art work in the Galilee Chapel of the cathedral.

Students from eleven Catholic Schools have painted, sculpted, constructed and drawn images that they identify with the sacred and holy.

Sara Crawshaw Director of the Catholic Partnership (South) said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for young artists within our schools to explore spirituality through art and to have the privilege of exhibiting in Durham Cathedral. I would like to thank all involved in this project, especially the staff and students at Partnership Schools and the team at the Cathedral for making this happen. I would encourage art lovers across the region to visit this fine collection of work."

The Catholic Partnership Schools include St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Washington, St Leonard's Catholic School, Durham, St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School Peterlee, St Aidan's Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Sunderland and St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester.

Art students have spent many hours with their art teachers to study historical and powerful images of God across cultures and time.

The Exhibition runs from today until Sunday, January 31.


FINE ARTWORK Amy Hassard and Amy Nelson from St Leonard's School in Durham put their work on show in the cathedral.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2010
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