Thurrock Christian artist shows in London

Tim Harrold has 3 pieces in this show.

Press Release from the commission4mission art group

Vision is an exhibition of artworks by members of commission4mission which will be held at St Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN) from Monday 4 to Friday 15 September 2017, Weekdays 10am-4pm (Weds 11am-3pm).

A group exhibition by commission4mission, Vision is intended as a broad theme open to wide interpretation, but will explore sight, visions and revelations. Artists taking part will showcase their individual engagements with the theme. The exhibition will feature assemblage, ceramics, collage, digital prints, etchings, film, icons, installations, paintings, photography, poetry and sculpture.

The exhibition will include work by 27 commission4mission artists including Ally Ashworth, Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Irina Bradley, Christopher Clack, maryjean donaghey, Jonathan Evens, Terence Ffyffe, Rob Floyd, Maurizio Galia (Italy), Michael Garaway, John Gentry, Clorinda Goodman, Judy Goring, Laura Grenci (Italy), Barbara Harris, Deborah Harrison, Tim Harrold, David Hawkins, Jacek Kulikowski, Mark Lewis, Adeliza Mole, Colin Riches, Janet Roberts, Henry Shelton, Monica Thornton and Peter Webb.

Former Bishop of Barking David Hawkins, commission4mission’s Patron, contributes Adam and Eve (after Masacio’s ‘Adam and Eve Expelled from the Garden of Eden’ 15th century), 35” x 15”, photograph and acrylic.
David writes: “During a woodland walk, in a moment, I saw standing before me Adam and Eve – shortly before they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. The serpent was there, as was the Tree of Good and Evil, the Tree of Calvary and the Tree of Life. The ivy, like evil, entwined the couple as they in turn clung to the tree.

The relationship of English Ivy (Hedera helix) to a tree has similarities to the behaviour of evil towards human life. Its habit is to attach itself to anything that stands, with the help of suction-like roots called ‘hold fasts’. Although it does not kill the tree, it competes for nutrients, water and sunlight, and so it may weaken the tree making it more prone to disease and branch dieback.”

A reception to launch the exhibition will be held on Monday 4 September from 6.30pm. During this reception commission4mission Associate member, Wendy McTernan, will give a talk entitled ‘Interpretations of the Cross in Contemporary Art & Culture’. In today’s secular society, it is perhaps surprising that artists still find themselves drawn to the Christian cross as a means of expression. The cross has never been an event about which one can remain neutral; from the start it was an offence. Contemporary artists’ interpretations have taken many forms. Wendy will look at some examples and see how, in unexpected and sometimes shocking ways, Jesus’ story becomes part of theirs – and ours. commission4mission’s AGM will also be held at 5pm.

Revd Jonathan Evens, commission4mission’s secretary says, “Classical, modern and contemporary art and architecture beautifully combine for commission4mission’s fifth group exhibition in the setting of St Stephen Walbrook. The theme of the show will be ‘Vision’ and, as in previous years, will feature a wide variety of work from longstanding and new members.”

commission4mission’s Chair, Peter Webb, says: “We are very fortunate to be able to exhibit regularly at St Stephen Walbrook. The exhibition always attracts a great deal of attention in the City. As before, interpretation of the theme is up to individual artists, and no doubt we will have the usual amazing variety and originality in the work submitted.”

A gift of 10 per cent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the charity Oasis. commission4mission has made Oasis our charity of choice, meaning that charitable giving will be exclusively to Oasis for the time being.

Contact: Rev Jonathan Evens, Secretary.
Tel: 07803 562329.

c4m Vision poster

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commission4mission was formed in 2009 to help revive and encourage the practice of commissioning and placing works of contemporary art in churches and other public places. To enable this, we have a growing pool of artist members working in a variety of media and styles. Through art, we support churches in their ongoing mission, and also charities, as each year part of the proceeds from commissions is donated. Since 2014 we have built an ongoing, mutual relationship with the Oasis Trust. Oasis aims to create safe places where everyone is included, where everyone has a chance to contribute and reach their God-given potential.

St Stephen Walbrook is one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpieces; possibly his greatest interior. Sir John Summerson has described the church as ‘one of the few churches, ‘in which the genius of Wren shines in full splendour.’ Nicholas Pevsner lists the church as one of the ten most important buildings in England. The Italian sculptor and architect Canova, on meeting Lord Burlington in Rome, stated that, “we have nothing to touch it in Rome.”

The reordering of the church undertaken in the 1980s sensitively introduced significant examples of modern art (altar by Henry Moore, kneelers by Patrick Heron and candlesticks by Hans Coper) within this Wren masterpiece, which also contains significant woodwork and carving by William Newman. The stunning blend of old and new which resulted draws significant numbers of tourists and other visitors, year in and year out. Newman’s dark wood panelling provides a spatial frame and backdrop to the regular programme of contemporary art exhibitions that the church hosts.

Jonathan Evens, 06/09/2017

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