Sunday, June 21, 2009


A cruciform tree, a radiating Cain eyed by a simmering Abel and a doveish floating vision: these are just a few of the images you will see as part of the vital and (until recently) little-known Methodist Art Collection, which has now gone online.

The collection is an extraordinary achievement of quiet but committed curation, and includes some very well-regarded twentieth century artists, as well as a number of less publicly profiled (but equally evocative) contributors.

How did one of Britain's historic denominations end up with a rotating and touring collection of some of the finest examples of contemporary art exploring the pain and poetry of spirituality in a troubled world? Read my short article about it here.


Jane said...

Thansk for this - knew nothing about it - looks great

Anonymous said...

Sacred Visual Art is in no sense noisy.

It communicates its message silently and directly to the feeling core of ones being, prior to all the distracting noise generated by the would be controlling thought, generated by the left-brain in its chronic and strategic dis-sociation from Reality and The Beautiful.

But then again Sacred Art may cause the "viewer" to gasp and swoon in ecstasy.

Simon Barrow said...

Anonymous - my headline was tongue-in-cheek and figurative. Plus a play on 'the art of noise'. Not that noise is simply negative. (Could you post with a name in future? Many thanks!) S x