Gilly Pawson: priest and MFA

Gilly Pawson studied sculpture and had was called to the priesthood.

Gilly admits she has never considered herself an artist, even if she clearly continues to practice, recently experimenting with sound art. She sees a clear link between art and religion in the possibility of articulating what can’t be expressed through words. After leaving school Gilly went to Wimbledon College of Art to pursue a Foundation Course in Art and Design followed by a degree in Fine Art at Kingston. Gilly’s career has been varied including secretary to the editor of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, teacher, researcher at TVTimes, administrator at Merton Chamber of Commerce, running her own business support company and priest. Gilly currently works part-time in the Putney Ministry Team and recently studied at Wimbledon College of Art, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts.

This film was commissioned by Artquest as part of An Arts Foundation, six filmed interviews with a diverse group of individuals who have all gone through an art school education but have shifted career-path later in life. 

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