'Extraordinary Women' exhibition opens - Chester Cathedral

'Extraordinary Women' exhibition opens

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Chester Cathedral is getting ready to welcome a hard-hitting exhibition of images taken from the fifty-year career of renowned late photojournalist, Tom Stoddart. ‘Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance, and Defiance’ celebrates the strong will of women throughout the world, showing them living in times of war, poverty and hardship. and will be exhibited in the Cathedral between Thursday 9 June and Monday 11 July.

Stoddart’s incredible long-spanning career took him all over the world and he captured countless pivotal moments in modern history: from the war in Lebanon (during which he accompanied celebrated Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin), the fall of the Berlin Wall and covering the HIV/AIDs pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition of Extraordinary Women lifts images curated for Stoddart’s final book of the same title and depicts the real women upholding communities wherever he travelled.

The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester, says:
“We are delighted to welcome Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance, and Defiance to Chester Cathedral this summer. The work of Stoddart is challenging, thought-provoking, and moving: all qualities present in our own Cathedral church. We are thrilled to be able to provide a space for people to encounter these images, particularly in this Platinum Jubilee year.”

The exhibition brings with it an exciting partnership between Chester Cathedral and Chester Women’s Aid. 
Angela Benson, Chair of Chester Women’s Aid, says:

“Chester Women’s Aid (CWA) are honoured to partner with Chester Cathedral for the Extraordinary Women exhibition. Both the artist Tom Stoddart and CWA share the desire to celebrate and make visible the courage, endurance, strength and defiance of women in hardship. We believe in the right of all women to live free from fear and abuse. This thought provoking and inspiring exhibition demonstrates Chester Cathedral’s position as a cultural and social cornerstone of our community, and we are proud to support them in this event.”

Sharon Price, co-founder of Photo North and curator of the exhibition, says:
“Tom was a guiding light towards the truth and the good for many, it was an honour to be personally asked by Tom to curate this exceptional body of work for Chester Cathedral and to be able to bring it to the people of Chester.”

Chester Cathedral is grateful to The King’s School, Chester, for their generous sponsorship of the exhibition.

Visitors to Chester Cathedral can experience ‘Extraordinary Women’ between Thursday 9 June and Monday 11 July. The Cathedral is open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon to 5pm Sundays. When travelling a long distance specifically for the exhibition, please check with the Cathedral website to ensure the Cathedral is open.

Kevin Baxter

Communications Director

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