In 2014 Sula Rubens was appointed as the first ever Artist in Residence at the Michaelhouse in the heart of Cambridge. At one time, the second oldest college in the city and founded in the fourteenth century, the Michaelhouse sits amongst the colleges of the University.
Sula spent the first three months of the Residency working on site. Through drawing, she engaged with and observed the people as well as the architecture:
‘Michaelhouse intrigued me. I was aware of how its architectural layers have evolved, both as a building and as a central focus in the lives, culture and identity of its people’
She researched stories of Michaelhouse past and present, and immersed herself in the everyday life of the building, uncovering a distinctive human culture of worship, hospitality and culture. Her drawings, paintings and collages depict many of the architectural features of St. Michael’s church and the activities that take place throughout the building (recitals, communion services, choir practices, meetings and concerts.
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