A keen core group of eager art and craft practitioners has developed over the past year at St. Mary’s Conwy. We are busy now working towards two projects. The first is for the Maundy Thursday Reflection at St. Benedict’s as part of the ‘Journey through Holy Week’ in Bro Celynnin. The beautiful painted ceiling and the space beneath will provide a lovely context for an installation based on the Last Supper.
The second is longer term. Under the broad title of ‘Saints’, members are considering such themes as Celtic saints and meetings of ‘saints’ in the Bible. There is room for you if, in your own art-work or art and craft pursuits, you would like to contribute, please get in touch and we would be delighted to meet you (we’re a very friendly bunch!)
Conwy Council have also approached St. Mary’s to come up with a design for a metal figurine related to the church’s role in the town of Conwy. The completed figure will be one of a series that will make up the soon-to-be-installed Conwy Trail, with sculptor/curator Miranda Meilleur.
Members of the group are always 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. 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 in 2017 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 .