P. Wharton



WiFi, a modern-day gargoyle is now on exhibition at Manchester Cathedral

from 15th July 2019 for four weeks.  A big thank you to the Cathedral for championing this project. 
Click here for further details.


WiFi. Photographs copyright/courtesy of Harry Dobbs

Manchester Cathedral from 15th July 2019.


Little shrines in drawers.

No 37. Stockport Open Exhibition July 2019


A project by Micah Purnell & PassionArt with The Centre for Theology & Justice


The Centre for Theology and Justice have teamed up with PassionArt for a profound exploration of belonging, offering a creative approach to social, theological and justice issues. Working with graphic word artist Micah Purnell as our resident artist for 2018-19. https://ilongtobelong.co.uk



Forsaken? Psalm 22 




Having Faith


Having Faith on exhibit during lent at Bolton Parish Church 2019 from 11:30 am Thursday 14th March.






Forsaken? psalm 22


Three Art Exhibits at Manchester cathedral during lent 2019

Remember, by Stephen Raw
Loved and Lost by Simon Bray
Forsaken? psalm 22 by Philip Wharton



Faith On Tap 


December 2018

Manchester Cathedral in the Jesus chapel during Christmas and candle mass. As usual, a brilliant warm welcome from all. Thank you.




Pilgrims relic


Gifted to Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral 2018/ongoing.



This hand engraved assemblage of mainly First and Second World War imagery is meant to honour

all those who have stood, fought and died for the freedoms we now take as entitled.

And bears witness to the unimaginable atrocities of those times.


Our freedoms were far from free.

And they are not maintenance free.



Faith On Tap


Bolton Parish Church.

St. Peter, Bolton-le-Moors.2018.


Manchester Cathedral 2018.

Ash Wednesday

Sung Eucharist

With Imposition of ashes.

Philip Wharton.

I Just wanted to thank all involved for a beautifully heartfelt, moving service.

Truly inspiring. The Choir was brilliant. Well orchestrated.

Everyone’s hard work was well noted.

I would also like to thank Canon David Holgate and Canon Marcia Wall and others involved

for the tremendous honour of presenting Forsaken? Psalm 22 in person during the Offertory.


A little nervy for me but I hope my sincerity was well received.


Thank you all.

And best wishes to the congregation


A big thank you to everyone for their kind comment in the comments book at Manchester Cathedral.

Especially Wendy from Manchester who wrote, 24/2 so reassuring to know others feel this. A very deep touching piece which gives solace even reading its meaning.


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Dorothea and Axel Stockmar donate Sapling to 

ITIA. University of St Andrews.


Left. Professor Axel Stockmar.

Professor Sally Mapstone. Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of St Andrews.

Centre ( sapling )

Right. Dr Gavin Hopps. Senior Lecturer in Literature, Theology and Director of ITIA

Dorothea Stockmar. German writer and painter living in Celle and Berlin.





Image Courtesy of ITIA School of Divinity.

University of St Andrews ‘After the Call’ exhibition at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews





Manchester cathedral 2016-17

Jesus chapel





1.A young tree, especially one with a slender trunk.

1.1. A young and slender or inexperienced person.


I remember well my sapling years.


Sapling was sparked by a few things I felt recently connected to.

Tracey Emin expressing on YouTube a passion to create her own

unique tree.

A friend who (out of the blue) took to carving a figure from a tree

trunk. My time as a youth spent climbing endless trees, here




And most poignant of all is the heartfelt loss of a friend's young son

Cajus, son of Dorothia and Axel Stockmar.


I'd hope the presence of this piece is felt as one of pivotal

transition. From one state to another. One form to another.

A beginning, not an end.



I set out with a wave of ideas all demanding to be heard in their

own unique way. And it's often not possible. So I set out to present

a collective presence. And then from this presence you draw your

own personal take.


Not everyone's take is intended. But

every sense of good will, peace and hope here is.


Very sincere best wishes. Philip



Faith On Tap


Manchester Cathedral Jesus Chapel May 27th to June 19th 2016





Sign of the times


Blast from the past.
Stockport art gallery open exhibition Saturday 9th July 1994



P Wharton

Sculptor/Born 1964/Manchester/England.


Subject matter:

Social Commentary/Autobiographical/Spiritual.

Medium/lost wax casting/Pewter/Plaster/Fibreglass/Resin/Wood./Canvas/Metal/Glass etching/Assemblage/Other. 


My head is geared up autonomously to transcribe presence into form. 

And more often than not, that form is uncompromising. And hence the often diverse nature of my process. 

You could say that  I’m of a more spiritual nature than religious one. 

Call it whatever you like, I flow that way and it works great for me. 


Just think what would happen to, say,  love if we where to constantly clinically dissect its true motives like we do everything else. 

Day in. Day out.  Love would cease to exist as you experience it now.  

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And you would see love for what it truly is? 


it’s the unknowing that passionately drives us further. Not the knowing. 


Pre 1989

Exhibited and sold works around Manchester/England.


Post 1990

Commissions/Joint projects/Donated works to related charities and organisations/Exhibited many new works at Manchester cathedral/ITIA based at St Mary's College, the Divinity School at the University of St Andrews/Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St Andrews Scotland/saatchiart/Loan Art. Bolton parish Church. Manchester Castlefield art Gallery Associate. 


My ambitions are to work on a large, immersive scale that people can occupy and re brand by way of their own personal experiences. And many of my smaller pieces are more of a draft sketch of those realisations.