A keen core group of eager art and craft practitioners has developed at St. Mary’s Conwy, which has now expanded to welcome all in Bro Celynnin and a facebook group Studio
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Summer 2018 Exhibition ‘Saints’
We have just installed an exhibition in St Mary’s Conwy (see opening hours here)
Saints is a term with a wide horizon and it leaves the art group with breadth to express their own particular take on the theme. Subjects range from biblical times, through the age of the Celtic church to those who live out their calling in more modern times. ‘Inspirational’, ‘reflective’ and ‘thought-provoking’ are all words that have been used by the first few people to see it – please do come. Below are just two of the contributions on show just as a taster …
Entitled ‘People Like Us’ Angela Rigby Doble has 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 which surrounds them was once a Costa Coffee take-away cup carrier. Ordinary things like us can be re-imagined and made beautiful – even saintly – by God.
Here is a feminist reworking of Rublev’s 15th century Trinity Icon called The Three Marys by Clare Howard Weiner.
Art Trail ….
Conwy Council 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 is one of a series that make up a trail around the town, with sculptor/curator Miranda Meilleur. Says the group’s coordinator Terry Mart,
“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 and we looked forward to meeting the co-ordinator from the Council, Janet Johnson and the artist who would work with our ideas and suggestions and make the installations, Miranda Meilleur. This 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 Conwy people.
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 to bond our art group as it was in its infancy and 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.”
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 o any future exhibition you would be most welcome. Don’t forget, just get in touch if you would like to be involved: email@example.com
The 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 .