News: Churchill Fellow to lead stone carving course on the Camino de Santiago
Published: 25 Feb 2019
From September 2019, people making a pilgrimage on the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain will have the chance to study Visigothic stone carving on a course led by Churchill Fellow Nick Durnan.
Nick was inspired to plan the course, and create his own stone carvings, following a recent trip to northern Spain to study Visigothic sculpture. The one-week residential course will take place at the Flores del Camino art centre, near Astorga.
For his Fellowship travels in 1980, Nick went to France, Germany and Italy to study stone restoration. Nick has since worked on major stonework repair and conservation projects at Wells, Exeter, Salisbury and Peterborough cathedrals, specialising in conserving the fine medieval stone sculpture and statuary displayed on the beautiful facades of these cathedrals.
“The incredible impact of seeing the beautiful medieval sculpture of France, Germany and Italy on my Fellowship travels still permeates through my work. For the last 39 years, the experience has provided me with untold benefits, influencing the creation of my own work inspired by the forms of medieval masters, as well as my approach to conserving the magnificent medieval sculpture collections at English cathedrals.” – Nick Durnan
Nick will also be exhibiting sculptures made from Somerset alabaster this summer at the Garden Gallery in Broughton, Hampshire, and during Somerset Art Weeks Festival in September at his studio in Drayton, Somerset.
Below and top picture: Nick’s Visigothic stone carvings
Below: Nick at work on the Visigothic stone carvings
Below: Nick’s Somerset alabaster sculptures