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From inside to out: New exhibition opens at Ely Cathedral

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

The new exhibition has opened at Ely Cathedral Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral's become well known as a filming location for television dramas such as 'The Crown' and hollywood block busters like 'The King's Speech'.

It's also a popular choice for large scale events and now the major visitor attraction is hosting a new art exhibition by internationally known Cambridge artist Helaine Blumenfeld.

The sculptures are also placed in the grounds of the cathedral Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There's no space that is as exciting to show sculpture as a cathedral, because people come in and they're so open to an experience and they want to touch and they want to reach out. They allow the work to reach out to them so something new, something illuminating happens."

– Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Artist
There are a variety of different sized sculptures in the exhibition Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are seventeen of these large sculptures in this new exhibition. All are made from bronze and marble and seven of them are new works.

Called 'the Tree of Life', the exhibition symbolises the renewal of life and is the latest addition to the Cathedral's packed calendar of successful events.

"This is primarily a place of worship, but we have to make all the money that is needed to keep this building open and operational, so really it's about us thinking of ways we can diversify and just opening up the building to new things and new ideas."

– Lesley Ann Thompson, Ely Cathedral
The exhibition is called 'The tree of life'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The exhibition which features sculptures both inside and outside the cathedral, runs until 28th October

Helaine Blumenfeld Credit: ITV News Anglia

Helaine Blumenfeld has been creating bronze and marble sculptures in her Cambridge and Italy-based studios for almost fifty years.

She was once hailed as the next Henry Moore and was awarded an honorary OBE to mark her achievements in sculpture.