We are pleased to be one of the venues for an Exhibition of the Methodist Christian Art Collection Risen!:Art of the Crucifixion and Eastertide.
This exhibition of important paintings from the Methodist Church collection of contemporary artists will open at other venues at the end of March and at St Mary’s Priory Church on April 2nd (and close on April 19th).
Among the works is one by local artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who was born in Newport in 1951. We will display his painting Christ writes in the Dust: The Woman taken in adultery
This work was commissioned in autumn 2009 and accepted into the Collection in early 2011. It owes its origin to the wish of two benefactors to sponsor a work that demonstrates the readiness of Jesus to take a non-judgmental stance. Here he questions the assertion that the woman should be stoned by questioning the right or even the worthiness of any one in the crowd to cast the first stone. They are all themselves sinners and by implication, if the woman deserves to die, they are worthy of death themselves. But Jesus came to save sinners not to condemn them. He does not condemn the woman. So, she is told to go away and sin no more. It is when people know that they are not condemned, that they are accepted as they are, that they often find the resources to change their way of living.
Other paintings to be displayed include:
Euryl Stephens, The arising of Lazarus
John Reilly’s Feeding the Five Thousand
Francis Holland’s Crucifixion Polyptych
Ghislain Howard’s The Washing of the Feet
The Exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm