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Stanbrook Abbey

Architecture and prayer on the North York Moors

Mike Swift

My project for 2017 came out of the National Churches Trust and EASA Architectural Awards in October 2016. While taking pictures of HRH The Duke of Gloucester presenting the main award to two nuns dressed in habits. The nuns had sold a large Abbey in XXXX and purchased a farm on the North York Moors where they purpose built a Monestary complete with Lodges to hire out and land around the farm to be almost completely self sufficient. I approached the Mother Abbess to see if I could set up this project with aim of showing that although the building and architecture of the new Stanbrook Abbey were amazing, it is the people that occupy and use the structure that make the Monestary complete. I hope to show the images at this years National Churches Trust/EASA  Architectural Awards and then move it into a more permanent exhibition somewhere in London. I have also promised the nuns that they can have an exhibition with the images at  the Abbey itself to try and generate some well needed funds. It was, I have to say, a most challenging and fun project. Here is a small selection of colour and mono images from which I hope to make the final selection.

 

Mike Swift - July 2017

 

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