This simple sculpture by Malcolm Brocklesby is sited on the high altar at Mount Grace Priory. The inscription on the plaque tells us that
This Madonna is not the meek and subservient figure portrayed in many renaissance works, but a determined and intelligent young woman who understands the wonder and the importance of her calling; she is also aware of the suffering that this will entail. The figure of the Madonna is integral with that of the Cross, which is an inescapable part of her existence, and the way in which she holds the Christ Child high suggests the subsequent Ascension rather than the immediate prospect of a sacrificial death.
I thought it was a beautiful piece, showing a strong woman. And I particularly liked how the artist has formed the figure, with her child held aloft, in the form of a cross. Her dress, with the rope tied around her waist, is reminiscent of that of the monks who used to live on the site and worship at the church. Simple but very effective. It reminds me a little of the religious sculptures of Eric Gill.