Art

Keswick Bible Week in Llandudno’s Gloddaeth Church May 2019

Tom Shea is an Artist in residence, and he writes about his experience of the Gloddaeth / Keswick Convention for Caru Conwy:-

“Exiting, laced with a little trepidation, was my initial feeling, when the opportunity came to be “Artist in residence” for Bible Week at Gloddaeth Church. Each night, there was an energetic buzz in the church. The congregation were very friendly, supportive and engaging. I was surprised by how much interest was shown, and chatted with people, before and afterwards, about the art work.”

“To loosen up, I roughly sketched the congregation as they settled in, gradually getting to grips with some characterisation of expressive body positions. I attempted to depict the main scenes of Luke’s gospel, as the speaker expressed it – thought-provoking speakers – a different gospel for each of the three evenings. I found myself sketching non-stop, filling every minute that was available, and I was surprised at the end, at how the concentration gave me a happy tiredness.”

“I enjoyed trying to capture the congregation, the band and Christ particularly, the thief and  good thief on the cross. I made some initial marks, and while James was unfolding the story with questions and insights, I tried not to play it safe, but to go with the feeling, as my hearing engaged with the story of the good thief. I attempted to make the marks more expressive, and to go with the moment.”

“Prior to attending, I would do some sketching, and reading of the gospels at home, as a warm up and to get the rhythm flowing. It was at this time, that I took the opportunity to study some famous depictions, and to embellish them later. These included James Tissot’s weeping woman, wiping Jesus’s feet with her hair, and Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus.”

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Creation Art Exhibition Spring 2019

We’re holding an Art Exhibition at St. Mary’s Church, in Conwy, at the moment, so come along to view it. It’s FREE, so click here for our visitor opening times. St. Mary’s Art Group has produced some beautiful pieces of art, with various interpretations on the theme of Creation.

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Saints Art Exhibition Summer 2018

St. Mary’s Art Group also held an Art Exhibition over the Summer months of 2018. The inspirational and thought-provoking art was based on the theme of Saints. The Art Group was influenced by biblical accounts, the Celtic Church, and those called to Ministry in modern times. Inspirational, reflective and thought-provoking are all words used to describe the art, by people who visited the Art Exhibition at St. Mary’s Church, in Conwy.

Entitled People Like Us, Angela Rigby Doble used the faces from the Book of Kells, reflecting that the monks who illustrated it would have used the faces of people around them.  The cross was once a coffee take-away cup carrier.  Ordinary things like us can be re-imagined, and made beautiful, even saintly, by God.

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There was a feminist reworking of Rublev’s 15th century Trinity Icon called The Three Marys, by Clare Howard Weiner.

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Art Trail

Conwy County Borough Council approached St. Mary’s Church to come up with a design for a metal figurine that was related to the Church’s role in the town of Conwy. The completed figure is one of a series that make up a trail around the town, with sculptor/curator Miranda Meilleur. The group’s coordinator Terry Mart says:- 

“When the invitation came from David, our Vicar, for St. Mary’s Art Group to be involved in designing an installation for the Conwy Trail, which was to be located somewhere near the Church, there was great interest and enthusiasm from the members. We called a meeting. We understood from the Council’s brief that sculptures were required which would tell the story of Conwy to visitors who decided to follow the Conwy Trail around the town. The installations would be located on strategic buildings, the ideas for which would come from people connected to these sites, and would reflect the nature, history and purpose of their building.”  

“At our first meeting, the Art Group settled on the idea that a Dove would be the most appropriate symbol for St. Mary’s Church and we looked forward to meeting the co-ordinator from the Council, Janet Johnson, and the artist, Miranda Meilleur, who would work with our ideas and suggestions, to make the installations. The meeting took place at The Royal Cambrian Academy, where we spent an afternoon with Miranda working up our Dove design. Miranda also seemed quite taken with Kent’s suggestions, and illustrations, that designs of different birds might make a unifying theme for all the sites, especially as the Jackdaw was already a popular motif for the people of Conwy town.”

“We submitted our ideas and drawn designs, and awaited the outcome. It was interesting to hear that Miranda used the workshop of Sarah’s brother to make the installations, so a nice network of collaborative practice was set up and utilised. Working together on this project for the Church helped our Art Group to bond. It was in its infancy, so it gave us an opportunity to contribute to the life of Conwy’s community on behalf of the Church. To have had the experience of working with Janet and Miranda was very special, and to see the result of our ideas in final form gracing the Vicarage and Church grounds is a real privilege.”

Pilgrimage Art Exhibition Summer 2017

“The title was chosen because it is broad enough to offer interesting possibilities for a range of artistic expression while engaging with a vital and valuable Christian practice.”

“Pilgrimage can be something physical, such as a walk or journey of spiritual exploration, often to a sacred space connected with a saint. Some of the work follows this approach and endeavours, along the way, to find contemporary parallels to the traditional stories that are associated with the saint and the place.”

“Pilgrimage, however, can also make an internal journey as life’s experiences force unwanted change upon us. This kind can be lonely and difficult, perhaps sometimes with only a glimmer of faith and hope to draw us on among unanswered questions and unresolved disappointments. Some of the poetry addresses such themes.”

“Each artist, or poet, has responded in their own way according to their method of working, so just like any pilgrimage, as you make your way round the items placed here, you may find yourself walking alongside someone with similar thoughts. Their work and yours, for there is a place for you to contribute, makes up the whole…sometimes the meeting and exchanging of ideas is almost as good as arriving.”

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Lent and Easter Art Exhibition Spring 2017

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It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the Art Exhibition in the side chapel after the Lent and Easter Services.

Love Conwy Mission Art

Magnificent art-piece by the children of Love Conwy Mission:-

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Members of the group are always busy on new work, and we look forward to discussing our ideas together, and inspiring one another.

If you would like to loan some of your work to any of our future Art Exhibitions, we would be very grateful, or if you would like to get involved, please contact terryemart@hotmail.com.