Pandora: Gormley and Wallinger to get a spot at the altar?

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael: all have had their wares displayed before faithful congregations. Now we hear that two of the UK's most cutting-edge artists – Turner Prize winners Mark Wallinger and Antony Gormley are competing to create a less traditional spiritual masterpiece – to be displayed in Chichester Cathedral.

The artists' brief is an interpretation of Christ's resurrection to "inspire a sense of contemplation and engage the imaginations of all who visit the Cathedral" and "express new life, transformation and hope". When completed, the chosen piece will sit above the Arundel screen at the front of the nave. Currently both Gormley and Wallinger's proposals – as well as those of three other artists – are on display within the cathedral. A winner will be chosen later this month.

Chichester, of course, has a long history of embracing the arts; indeed this particular commission is to celebrate the centenary of Walter Hussey, the cathedral's art-loving former Dean – though this particular shortlist is boundary-pushing even by his standards; Gormley has previously spoken of his atheism and Wallinger has claimed to be agnostic.

Still, the judges are not to be deterred. "We won't have discussed the personal beliefs of any of the artists," explains a spokesman.

Knight and Rea replace Rowan

Whatever has happened to Rowan Atkinson? We only ask because the

enduring funnyman's excellent monthly motoring column in Octane magazine (Pandora's absolute favourite source of news when it comes to the classic car trade) has been "temporarily" usurped by a series of guest writers. This month's substitute is, er, Greg Knight, the Tory MP for East Yorkshire (and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Historic Vehicles). Next month: Eighties soft-rocker Chris Rea. Look out!

Everyone wants a piece of Rolf

Well tie my kangaroo down and keep me cockatoo cool: it appears Rolf Harris is back in vogue.

The hirsute Aussie, long the butt of music industry jokes (but never Pandora's), is already working with Status Quo's Rick Parfitt on a Christmas single. But now it appears he may also join forces with hot-to-trot rapper Dizzee Rascal, himself recently a collaborator of Dame Shirley Bassey. "I had him saying he would love to work with me doing all my weird sound effects," Harris is reported as saying.

Also in the works; a potential Chemical Brothers hook-up. Says Rolf: "The Chemical Brothers have agreed to collaborate with me on some songs but we've never got the time to do it." Well hop to it!

Surely not short on opinions, Clare?

We do hope life on the back benches hasn't robbed Clare Short of her famous pluck. The former thorn in Tony Blair's side appears to be lacking in the stubborn determination that saw her resign the whip. According to recent figures, she only participates in one in eight votes. Explains Short: "I'll vote on an issue where it is a matter of principle, or where my vote might make a difference to the outcome... But everyone knows the Government is going to win the day whether I take part or not." Tsk – defeatism!

Ramsay's New York nightmare

More bad news chez Gordon Ramsay. We hear that the strident chef, following a string of poor reviews and rumours over unprofitability and legal problems, has been forced to hand over the financial reins of his much-vaunted Michelin-starred New York eatery, Gordon Ramsay at The London, to the hotel group in which it's located – a move he has already had to take in Paris and Los Angeles. Even worse, in the official announcement distributed by The London to vendors, Ramsay's name is spelt wrong. Insult to injury?

pandora@independent.co.uk

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...

Recruitment Genius: Recruitment & HR Administrator

£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Business Partner

£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...

Recruitment Genius: Senior HR Assistant

£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map