Thursday 2 May 2013

Newsletter No. 16 – May 2013

Tenth completed commission: Altar Frontal by Anne Creasey

commission4mission's tenth commission, an altar frontal by Anne Creasey, was installed at Christ Church Thames View for the church's Easter Day services.
The all year round altar frontal features the colours of the Church calendar and incorporates a central cross in gold surmounted by the sun. The sun's rays also form pentecostal flames while the ball of the sun equates to the host raised above the chalice. Stunning from a distance, the frontal's design also repays closer inspection through the intricate details of Anne's embroidery and appliqué work, particularly on the ball of the sun and its rays.

Rev. Mina Smallman, Vicar of Christ Church, said: “The congregation loved it. The church building has a practical sense to it, no stained glass windows; all we had was a wooden altar. The frontal has given the altar a wow factor.”

Our 10 completed commissions have involved nine of our artists and have included etched windows, fused glass windows, holy water stoup in oak and brass, mosaics, paintings, textiles and wooden reliefs. In under five years commission4mission has built a significant pool of creative artists able to deliver a wide variety of quality work to fit a range of budgets making the commissioning of contemporary art viable for churches of all sizes and contexts. Anne Creasey's altar frontal is a marvellous example, as we reach this milestone of our 10th completed commission, of what can be achieved when artists and churches share a vision for creativity and mission.

Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival 2013

commission4mission will be creating a pop-up gallery at 20 Broadwalk in Harlow Town Centre for this year’s Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival. The exhibition will be open from Thursday 23rd – Monday 27th May, 10.00am – 4.00pm and a lunchtime reception will be held on Saturday 25th May from 1.00 – 3.00pm.

c4m members are also making several other contributions to the Festival. Mark Lewis will speak on the work of John Piper as part of a morning of art talks at St Paul’s Harlow on Saturday 25th May. Bishop Stephen Cottrell will also speak on the ‘Christ in the Wilderness’ paintings of Stanley Spencer. On Monday 27th May Colin Burns and Jonathan Evens will be contributing music and poetry to a performance evening at Holy Trinity Hatfield Heath which will also include music from the six churches and poetry from Jane Grell, Mal Grosch and Jenny Houghton. For more information see 

Exhibition & events in July

commission4mission will be exhibiting at St Paul’s Goodmayes from 1st – 7th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm. St Paul’s is a church which has consistently commissioned contemporary artists throughout its history - most recently, through c4m, of a set of Stations of the Cross by Henry Shelton – and has made creative use of the Arts in its engagement with the local community. Our exhibition will span the Patronal Festival of St Paul’s and the Our Community Festival to which it has regularly contributed arts events.

c4m member Harvey Bradley is involved in the organisation of this year's Billericay Art Trail (11th - 21st July). He has organised input from c4m members to a Big Draw event at Norsey Woods, 10.00am - 3.00pm, and a Performance evening with dance, music and poetry at St Mary Magdalen, 7.30 - 9.30pm, on Saturday 20th July. See for full details.

Days and Rites

Mark Lewis has recently published Days and Rites: Popular customs of the Church (Heart of Albion Press). In the book, Mark describes liturgical traditions which have survived unbroken over many centuries, together with others which have been revived after a break during the twentieth century. By drawing together, for the first time, detailed information about these popular customs of the church, he hopes to stimulate further interest, research and recording of these remarkable events.

Member Profile: Pouka

Pouka is an artist and sculptor who believes in the ability of human love and kindness to make our world a free and safe environment for every living creature. The huge challenges we are facing in our modern times are the driving force of the creativity in his artwork as he believes everything created has its own purpose, like the earth we live in - there is no other place where humans can share the same breath with animals and plants or drink the same water and many other things.

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