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Crib with a difference

11 January 2013

A SMALL group of A-level students at Dame Allan's Schools in Newcastle took their inspiration from The Angel of the North to create a new set of crib figures for Newcastle Cathedral. The three included Sarah Richardson, who won the national Junior Artist of the Year in 2011, run by the Society for All Artists, together with Jonny Fawcett and Becky Marshall.

The life-sized figures and animal heads were made of strong cardboard and spray-painted with textured paint, and they had to be transported to the cathedral in the school minibus in time for the carol service, when the school was able to see the finished crib scene.

The Dean of Newcastle, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston, was delighted with the result. "Every year", he says, "the cathedral has commissioned a new crib scene, inviting mainly young people to come up with a fresh look at this very traditional and powerful story. In recent years, we have had all-white figures, including a menagerie of animals; bling-covered kings made from recycled bottles, and a giant mobile with a beating heart at the centre. Each in its own way has invited viewers to reimagine the Christmas story and to ask questions about what the nativity means to them."


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