Sunday 31 October 2010

Update: commissions and projects

'The Baptism of Jesus' by Rosalind Hore has been installed at St Edmund Tyseley and a date is being sought for the dedication of the painting which has been donated to the church by Jonathan Evens in memory of his father, Rev. Phil Evens, a former Vicar of the Parish.

Caroline Richardson has begun work on the windows which she has designed for St Peter Harold Wood. Her two windows show complementary images containing John 10.10 (I have come that they may have life and have it to the full) and in the other, John 8.12 (I am the light of the world).

The faculty has been obtained for the etched glass windows designed by Henry Shelton for All Saints Hutton. Each window will celebrate a different saint using Shelton's trademark minimal but flowing lines to form symbols of each saint.

A faculty is being sought for a sculpture in the new community garden at St John Seven Kings. This sculpture which has been designed in discussion with the community garden planning group incorporates a mosaic which will be created by Viki Isherwood-Metzler.

Mark Lewis has had an initial design for a holy water stoup approved by St Margaret Great Ilford and is also undertaking research for the Art Trail which commission4mission is creating for the Barking Episcopal Area. Mark has identified 40 churches in the Episcopal Area with artworks which may feature in the Trail. These include work by artists such as Hans Feibusch, Eric Gill, John Hutton and John Piper.

Submissions are being sought for Run with the fire, an Olympics-themed art project instigated by CANA, commission4mission and Veritasse. The project will create a virtual exhibition of international artwork for presention alongside Olympics-themed arts events or exhibitions organized by local churches in 2012. The closing date for submissions is 19th November and each submission will be considered by a jury/selection committee invited by the steering group which includes Dianne B. Collard (Director of Ministries - Europe for Artists in Christian Testimony International), Martin Crampin (Artist, researcher and designer), and Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker (Editor-in-Chief of ArtWay).

Saturday 30 October 2010

Run with the fire (2)

Run with the fire, the Olympics-themed project on which we are collaborating with CANA and Veritasse, is featured in the current edition of Mosaic, the e-zine from StoneWorks. Click here for a link to their piece highlighting our call for submissions.

The closing date for Run with the fire submissions is 19th November. 

Alan Hitching



Alan Hitching is a poet and potter. He says that poetry and pottery are like two languages for him. Words he has used all his life in poetry to express feelings and faith, the other language of clay he has only over the last 15 years since he was challenged to learn. Joy has come when the two languages speak on the same topic at the same time, expressing together his thoughts and feelings on subjects. Alan is available to speak about these two languages, show examples of his work, share related poems and introduce the spirituality that underpins and informs his work.

New work by Joel

Here are the new life sized Dove Bronzes by the Sculptress Joel which are available in classic bronze, bright gold bronze and white patina bronze and as single, pair, trio or … your own flock.

Friday 29 October 2010

Exhibition: All Saints West Ham

The latest rehang of our ongoing exhibition at All Saints West Ham features work by Colin Burns, Elizabeth Duncan Meyer, Jonathan Evens, Mark Lewis, Caroline Richardson, Henry Shelton and Joy Rousell Stone.

Exhibition: Joy Rousell Stone

Joy Rousell Stone exhibited a selection of landscapes and animal paintings this week at St Nicholas Rawreth, one of two churches welcoming regular exhibitions by commission4mission artists. Judging by comments left, Joy's skillful technique and insightful eye were greatly appreciated by those viewing the exhibition.

Sunday 24 October 2010

Peacing Together One World performance evening

Our Peacing Together One World performance evening at St Mary Magdalene Billericay was a tremendous time with excellent readings of poems from a selection of significant poets (from John Donne to Stewart Henderson) by Michael Creasey and Keith Harman. Original poetry was provided by Pam Adams, Anne Creasey, Jonathan Evens, Helen Gould, and Eileen Mayer. Jonathan Evens also read poetry and showed images by Alan Hitching and introduced a visual presentation of his meditations combined with images by Henry Shelton under the heading Mark of the CrossColin Burns ended both sections of the evening with his engaging and varied guitar instrumentals.

The above photographs also show some the additional exhibitions works to those shown in the earlier selection of photographs, including works by Richard Baxter, Joy Rousell Stone and Vicky Woodford. 

Following on from showing work in the Peacing Together One World exhiition, Joy Rousell Stone has a one week one person exhibition at St Nicholas Rawreth which begins tomorrow (Monday 25th October). Click here for more details.  

Wednesday 20 October 2010

The Genesis Exhibition

commission4mission artists Colin Burns and Viki Isherwood-Metzler also belong to a group of artists called ClubUrban who are holding an exhibition of paintings on the theme of Genesis from Monday 8th -Saturday 13th November.

There is a particular invite to the Thursday evening exhibition event (11th November) when there will be artists talks and live music - including Colin Burns on guitar. This event is from 6.30pm onwards.

There is also the opening night on Monday 8th from 5.30pm - 9.00 pm. The other exhibition times are Tuesday - Saturday 11.00 am - 4.30pm. Colin Burns will be at the exhibition on the Monday and Thursday evenings and daytime Saturday. There are some 15 artists exhibiting.

Directions can be found here: The exhibition address is 98 & 128 Westferry Studios, Milligan Street, London E14 8AS (Next to 'Westferry' DLR Station, on the way to Canary Wharf).

Peacing Together One World performance evening

commission4mission has organised an evening of images, music and poetry as part of its current Peacing Together One World exhibition at St Mary Magdalene Billericay. This event, which will be on Friday 22nd October from 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Billericay, will feature poems from a broad selection of Christian poets read by Michael Creasey and Keith Harman together with local poets Pam Adams, Anne Creasey, Jonathan Evens and Eileen Mayer reading their own work. The evening will also include live music from Colin Burns, meditations and images from the Mark of the Cross collaboration between Jonathan Evens and Henry Shelton, and images and poetry created by Alan Hitching.  

Friday 15 October 2010

Peacing Together One World exhibition

commission4mission's Peacing Together One World exhibition at St Mary Magdalene Billericay (High Road, Billericay, Essex) opens tomorrow and can be viewed until Saturday 23rd October (9.00am - 5.00pm). This varied show includes drawings, glasswork, paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, and a wood relief. It features the work by Richard Baxter, Harvey Bradley, Colin Burns, Anne Creasey, Michael Creasey, Elizabeth Duncan Meyer, Jonathan Evens, Alan Hitching, Mark Lewis, Caroline Richardson, Joy Rousell Stone, Henry Shelton, Sergiy Shkanov and Peter Webb.

Harvey Bradley, who has organised the show, will be artist-in-residence throughout the exhibition. He will be demonstrating his approach to painting and will be happy to talk with visitors about the exhibition and commission4mission.

Several events are happening during the exhibition including a cake sale on Saturday 16th, a communion service on Wednesday 20th (10.00am) and the Peacing Together One World performance evening on Friday 22nd October, 7.30pm, which will feature poetry readings, original poetry, meditations, images, and music from Colin Burns, Anne Creasey, Michael Creasey, Jonathan Evens, Keith Harman, and Alan Hitching.