Thursday 15 October 2009

All Saints Festival weekend exhibition

Our exhibition for the All Saints Goodmayes Festival weekend was set up today. The exhibition features works by Harvey Bradley, Jonathan Evens, Rosalind Hore, Henry Shelton and Peter Webb.

Harvey is exhibiting a selection of his ash glaze pottery (in a addition to his paintings) including patens, chalices, bowls and a vase. Harvey writes: "There is something exciting about taking dull, grey, ash from the burning of wood and using it on pottery, particularly porcelain, to form colourful glazed surfaces. To me this transformation process is meaningful. We use a jug for baptisms at our church on which the ash (symbol of repentance) after being fired to 1260 C has become a textural gold colour (an encouraging warm earthy gold). Colours like this can lift the spirit."

Jonathan has a significant selection of his work included in this show ranging from symbolic expressionist creation scenes to his minimalistic combinations of poetry and line drawings. Two church-based photographs from his 'Windows on the world' series have also been included. In this series he captures a foreground object framing something beyond thereby symbolising our seeing from within own immediate frame of reference or perspective but additionally our ability to also see beyond.

Henry has created a crucifixion specially for this exhibition which is worked in a Vorticist style and is unusual because he has used tea and pencil in its creation. He is also exhibiting a print of his popular painting, The Old Rosary. Rosalind includes her Jesus in the boat and The baptism of Jesus, which have become much loved staples of our initial commission4mission exhibitions. Peter has included a portrait of the Revd. David Nash, a painting of the Woodford Memorial Hall, and an allegorical work with a punning title, The world, the fleche and the devil, painted to commemorate the restoration of the fleche on the Woodford Memorial Hall.

The exhibition is open from 10.00am - 4.00pm on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October. All Saints' Festival weekend also includes a Flower Festival on the theme of 'The Gate of Heaven' (same dates and times).

Other events and services include:

• Friday 16th October: Music recitals featuring commission4mission member Alexander Chaplin will also be given throughout the day. Youth Service, 8.00pm.
• Saturday 17th October: 'The Glory of Sacred Music' Concert featuring the All Saints Festival Choir and the East London Chorus, conducted by Alexander Chaplin, 7.30pm.
• Sunday 18th October: Praise Service, 10.30am. Recital of Baroque music, 3.00pm. Choral Evensong, 6.30pm.

The programme for 'The Glory of Sacred Music' concert includes CHH Parry - I Was Glad When They Said To Me; Howard Goodall - The Lord Is My Shepherd, Love Divine; Hayden - excerpts from The Creation; Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs, All People That On Earth Do Dwell; Faure - Cantique De Jean Racine; Cesar Franck - Panis Angelicus; Brahms - Geistilches Leid; and John Ireland - Greater Love. The East London Chorus will feature Max Kenworthy (Organ), Martin Muir (Baritone), and Alexander Chaplin (Conductor).

Concert tickets are £10 (£8, £5 concessions/child only available if booked in advance). Student Standby, £3 on the night with student ID. Available from the Ticket Secretary on 07958 066394 or online from and at the door on the night.

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