Bishop’s portrait moves from paint to photograph

    People News
    3 Dec. 2018
    (Left to right) Kay Frith, The Rt Revd Bishop of Hereford Richard Frith & Lady Darnley. Credit: Gordon Taylor

    A photograph of the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith has been presented at Hereford Cathedral ahead of going on display at the Bishop’s Palace.

    The portrait was commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenant the Dowager Countess of Darnley, and is a modern take on what until now has been a painting. It will be hung in the Bishop’s Palace on Bishop Richard’s retirement alongside those of his predecessors.

    The photograph was taken by Tim Bartlett who is a final year student at Hereford College of Arts following a competitive pitch among fellow students, led by the college principal, Abigail Appleton and course leader, Alex Thimm.

    Lady Darnley said: “We are delighted with the result, and believe that this is a progressive way for the future.

    “Not only do we have an excellent portrait, but we also created the possibility for one of our college students to shine and to have something very positive on his CV.

    “We are most grateful to everyone involved, and especially Bishop Richard for his enthusiastic support for this new way to commission our Bishop’s portrait.”

    The photograph was presented to Bishop Richard after the Advent Carol Service at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 2nd December.

    Alex Thimm, Course Leader for Higher Education Photography at the college said: “Tim has been specializing in editorial and portraiture and has already been working for a number of clients and organisations on projects.

    “He and our course feel privileged to be given the opportunity for the first time ever to create a photographic rather than painted portrait of the Bishop of Hereford to hang alongside all the other portraits at the Bishops Palace.”



    Download a copy of the official portrait here Please credit Tim Bartlett.

    Download a photo of Bishop Richard holding the portrait (l-r Kay Frith, Bishop Richard, Lady Darnley) here. Please credit Gordon Taylor.

    For interviews with the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith please contact Catherine Cashmore, Communications Director at Hereford Diocese, email: catherine.cashmore@hereford.anglican.org

    For Hereford College of Arts interviews please contact Meera Patel at Hereford College of Arts, email: m.patel@hca.ac.uk

    About Bishop Richard:

    The Rt Revd Richard Frith is the 105th Bishop of Hereford.

    He is chair of the Rural Affairs Group of General Synod (the Church of England's governing body which considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level) and Vice-Chair of the Liturgical Commission (which prepares forms of service and promotes the development and understanding of liturgy and its use in the Church).

    Bishop Richard is married to Kay and he has four children and four stepchildren. His interests include the theatre and sport, with a particular passion for cricket.

    About Hereford College of Arts:

    Hereford College of Arts is a dedicated arts college with a specialist focus on art, design, media, popular music and performing arts. This dynamic creative community offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees alongside a range of pre-degree and short course programmes for students of all ages from eleven onwards.

    The College is located in the compact and historic city of Hereford and set in the midst of exceptional countryside, an area rich in cultural activity, entrepreneurship and new ideas.

    The College is proud of its history and track record but now has ambitious plans to grow in scale to become a truly exceptional and acclaimed centre for modern creative education – a home that provides support, access, community and challenges that grow minds which explore, discover and contribute creatively to life.

    BA (Hons) Photography

    The BA (Hons) Photography course at Hereford College of Arts inspires and supports students to develop their creative potential and turn their passion for photography into a fulfilling creative career.

    For more information about Hereford College of Arts, please visit www.hca.ac.uk