1992 Ghislaine Howard was commissioned
by Manchester City Art Galleries to spend four months as
at St Mary's Hospital maternity unit in Manchester, England.
resulting exhibition, A
Shared Experience, was shown at Manchester City Art
1993 and at the Wellcome Foundation in London in 1994.
Stations of the Cross
Howard worked with Liverpool Hope University College to produce - as
their millennium project - an exhibition of paintings and drawings
taking as their subject matter the Stations of the Cross. The
exhibition was shown at Liverpool's two cathedrals - Anglican and Roman
Catholic - during April 2000. It was also shown at Canterbury Cathedral
in March 2001 and at Gloucester Cathedral during Lent 2003.
|The Empty Tomb
The Empty Tomb
is the culmination of Ghislaine's Stations of the Cross series which
was made for Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in 2000 and has been touring
British cathedrals since, returning to Liverpool every two years. The
Empty Tomb, which measures 4' x 8', has a stark and resonant power that fuses the
spiritual with the humanitarian.
The painting was unveiled by the Bishop of Liverpool on Easter Sunday, 2008, and remains on display throughout the year.
The St Anthony Cycle
of six paintings
- each 8ft x 10.5ft - depicting scenes from the life of Saint Anthony
Egypt was commissioned in 2001 for a stately home in North Yorkshire
the works were completed in 2002.
Katherine's Chapel is situated at the heart of Liverpool Hope
University College's campus. When built in 1930 it was planned that the
deliberate austerity of the chapel would one day be enriched in colour
and texture by a painting to be situated in the large arched space
behind the altar. After 73 years this came to pass with the completion
in July 2003 of a new work by Ghislaine Howard on the theme of The Visitation.
At the end of 1993 Ghislaine Howard
spent two weeks conducting art workshops with a group of 12 male inmates
at Risley Training Prison. She then spent several weeks producing her own
studies of different aspects of life within the prison. The exciting and
challenging work that resulted from this unique collaboration was shown
as an exhibition, entitled Inside Out, within Risley Prison and
at Warrington Art Gallery, who commissioned the project.
In 1994 Manchester was designated
the Arts Council's City of Drama. I became involved in recording some of
the various theatrical manifestations that took place as part of this event.
shelter, display, hide, impress, define and disguise - they not only
contain our bodies they also carry our memories. Their colours, shapes
and textures, so familiar to us - chosen by us to wear - have travelled
with us through our lives, or those of our friends and family. Ghosts
and memories hang about their folds and pleats, linger in pockets and