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'400 Days' an Exhibition by Frieda Hughes, a Unique Opportunity to see 400 Paintings created over 400 Days (posted 31 May 2017)

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'400 Days' by artist and poet Frieda Hughes.  A unique opportunity to see 400 paintings created over 400 days...

Wednesday 14th June until Thursday 17th August in the Cathedral's North Transept

Open daily with free entry

Artist Frieda Hughes in front of some of the '400 Days' paintings
Artist Frieda Hughes in front of some of the '400 Days' paintings

In November 2015 Frieda Hughes decided to find out if she could create a painting every day for a year - each painting is 10 inches by 14 inches.  The project is an exploration of how our days change in mood and tone, and what it looks like when one person describes their actual experiences in space and colour over a finite period of time.

What colour and shape were the events and ideas of each day?  Was she happy, sad, optimistic, frustrated, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, excited, exhausted, full of energy or just plain tired and what did that look like?: The death of a hand-reared eagle owl, an aunt and uncle; a low speed crash on a sports motorbike; the joy of friends,; the sale of a sizeable painting...

For 400 days, when others were going to bed after a hard day's work, or a busy evening, Frieda would shut herself in her studio until the early hours until her painting of the day was finished.  By the end of 2016, other work was being neglected, friendships were being tested, and sleep deprivation was beginning to take its toll.  The daily paintings had become the non-negotiable daily task that they needed to be, in oder for the project to reach completion.  Then on 31st December 2016, after dinner with friends to celebrate the end of the year, Frieda completed the last canvas in the series.

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