A keen core group of eager art and craft practitioners has developed over the past year at St. Mary’s Conwy. We’ve got two projects on at the moment. Firstly, Conwy Council has approached St. Mary’s to come up with a design for a metal figurine related to the church’s role in the town. The completed figure will be one of a series that will make up the soon-to-be-installed Conwy Trail. The Art Group is currently discussing possible designs and has a couple of ideas swirling around. We hope to meet the sculptor/curator Miranda Meilleur in the near future to discuss our ideas and how she might carry them forward into a finished piece.
Secondly, we are looking towards our Christmas exhibition. Members of the group are busy on new work and we look forward now to discussing our ideas together, seeing how we are doing and generally inspiring each other. If you would like to contribute some of your work you would be most welcome and, as a number of poems were submitted for the summer Pilgrimage show and were well-received, original written pieces would be an excellent element of what we hope to prepare for Christmas. Don’t forget, just get in touch if you would like to be involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a taste of our work, take a look below at what we did for our summer exhibition on the theme of ‘Pilgrimage’:
“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.”
St. Mary’s Conwy and Bro Celynin Art Group.
Lent and Easter
It was so good to see people lingering in the side chapel after the Palm Sunday, the Compline services of Holy Week and Easter weekend itself .