P. Wharton




Cenotaph will be on exhibit at

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery from the 1st November to the 15th 2019.  


A very big  thank you to all involved for the honour of exhibiting cenotaph in such a humbling location as this.  



Cenotaph 2016/17


Cenotaph came about through what I felt was a need to impose upon our divisions that the freedoms and charity we so brashly take as entitled came by way of united, incalculable loss and sacrifice.


Our freedoms were far from free.
And they are not maintenance free.


Being of the war documentaries era I have always been well aware of this. Utopia would have us whitewash over this history denying all the wisdom and harsh lessons to defend it. 


This hand engraved glass slide 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.


Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
Wellington Rd S, Stockport SK3 8AB


Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery has a long history of exhibitions from some of the art world's finest artists. Today the gallery boasts an extensive exhibition program, which now gives emerging artists a chance to showcase their work.




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

from 15th July 2019 for four weeks.  Now on Unspecified extended loan 2019/20


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.


Manchester Cathedral publications on issuu.com






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