Scouting commission: Judy Goring

Holy_Cross,_Hornchurch_Road,_Hornchurch_-_Window_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1775092Holy Cross Hornchurch has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exhibition celebrating the heritage of their stained glass window.

Depicting Ernest Stafford Carlos‘The Pathfinder’, the window was donated to the church in 1933 by the artist’s mother, Anne, in memory of her son who died fighting in the First World War. Despite being of significant local and national interest, the window is only seen by those entering the church and, when we spoke to members of the community, they did not know it was there. The church aims to share this important piece of art with the community, and to research and celebrate the life of Carlos.

Carlos had strong connections with the Scouting Association. The project will build on this relationship by creating artwork with local Scout and Guide groups based on WWI and the work of Carlos himself, which will included in an exhibition at the church in the week leading up to, and including, Remembrance Sunday. Students from City and Guilds Art School, where Carlos was an alumnus, will also contribute their own art work at the exhibition based on their interpretation of ‘The Pathfinder’. Scouts, Guides and Brownie groups, school groups and local residents will be invited to the exhibition throughout the week.

As the commissioned Arts Facilitator, Judy Goring will work with around 40 Scouts and Guides to produce art work for the exhibition, responding to any or all of three themes:

• The work of Ernest Stafford Carlos
• World War 1
• The ethos and experience of Scouting