For her first piece of work as Artist in Residence at the Bradfield Club, Ally Clarke wanted to create an artwork that in some way would enable her to become more connected to the Club - its origins, history and current contributors. In addition, she wanted to convey her heartfelt belief that the Bradfield Club is a special place and has a significant part to play in the realisation of a living, vibrant hope for the community in this time.
Everyone involved in the Bradfield Club was invited to give a stone for this artwork as a symbol of their connectedness to the Club. It was a real joy to receive each individually selected stone and Ally was deeply impressed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the participants.
At the base of each of the twelve rising strands are stones from the Bradfield College - where the Club has its foundation and ongoing, essential support, along with stones from the immediate area around the Bradfield Club in Peckham. These link with other stones in the strands - an invisible connectedness - hinting at the unseen yet beautiful orchestration of God in and through our lives.
It was Ally's hope that in viewing the work those at the Bradfield Club would have a sense of wonder at their uniqueness and the invaluable contribution they make in their sphere of life and be able to delight in the fact that in wholesome alignment with God and others, an amazing living and eternal building project is taking place.
Now, assuming that space is available which could accommodate an installation, an exhibition with the 3D work 'Chosen Stones' and related 2D prints and mixed-media work can be made available by Ally at short notice. Please contact commission4mission if you would be interested in hosting this installation.