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Peter Newman Visits Art Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral School

Acclaimed international artist, Peter Newman visited Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS) on Friday 11 June to talk with four year 7 pupils who are preparing to apply for art scholarships to their chosen senior schools.

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Acclaimed international artist, Peter Newman visited Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS)
Acclaimed international artist, Peter Newman visited Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS)

15th June 2021 — Acclaimed international artist, Peter Newman visited Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS) on Friday 11 June to talk with four year 7 pupils who are preparing to apply for art scholarships to their chosen senior schools. Peter was a pupil at SCS between 1977 and 1982 and his sculpture – Skystation – is currently on display in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral.


‘I have great memories of my time as a boy at Salisbury Cathedral School as it was when I first became interested in art. I was inspired by the art and architecture of Salisbury Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace and around the Cathedral Close,’ explained Peter. ‘It is a very special place to go to school.’


Peter presented to the SCS Art Scholars, took questions and then accompanied them to visit his sculpture. The Skystation initially came to Salisbury as part of the Cathedral’s 800th anniversary exhibition, called ‘Spirit & Endeavour’, and offers the public a place to rest and contemplate their surroundings. The shape of the piece is designed to fit the reclining human form to encourage people to look up and observe the sky and the vast expanse of space above.


‘The Art Scholarship Preparation Group have been studying Peter Newman’s work and visited his sculpture in Roche Court as well as the one in the Cathedral grounds. We are so privileged to have such incredible artwork near to our school, but for it be created by an ex-pupil is extremely inspiring for these keen artists,’ said Kate Stredwick, Head of Art at SCS.


The lucky SCS art scholars enjoyed hearing about Peter’s career. Since graduating from Goldsmith’s College in 1990, he has hosted solo exhibitions in London, Brussels, Hamburg, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. In 2004 his work was projected onto the exterior of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan. Peter received an artist’s award from the Arts Council of England in 2005, the same year he initially created the Skystation.




Salisbury Cathedral School is a happy, co-ed, preparatory school where pupils aged 3 to 13 are nurtured and inspired to achieve confidence and a lifelong love of learning. For more information, please contact Jojo Orange, Registrar on 01722 555300 or orange.j@salisburycathedralschool.com.

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Salisbury Cathedral School (Coed 3-13) is a day and boarding school in Wiltshire.

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