Commissions

Our 13 completed commissions provide marvellous examples of what can be achieved when artists and churches share a vision for creativity and mission. They have involved nine of our artists and include etched windows, fused glass windows, a holy water stoup in oak and brass, mosaics, paintings, textiles and wooden reliefs.

commission4mission has built a significant pool of creative artists able to deliver a wide variety of work to fit a range of budgets, making the commissioning of contemporary art viable for churches of all sizes and contexts.

 

 


 

DSC03092Our 13th commission, for an East window at All Saints Goodmayes, was completed in 2015 and was made by Richard Paton to a design by Henry Shelton. Richard and Henry have previously worked together on commission4mission commissions at All Saints Hutton where they created two sets of etched glass windows.

Henry’s colourful abstract design for the three light East window features, in his inimitable minimal style, imagery representing the Holy Trinity. Henry is a member of the congregation and previously created etched glass windows for the Reindorp Chapel at All Saints.

The window commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the church and has been funded, in part, by donations from the congregation in memory of loved ones.


Henry Shelton with Fr. Stephen Pugh.

Henry Shelton with Fr. Stephen Pugh.

Some recent commissions have been gifts commissioned to mark clergy anniversaries or retirements.

In 2013 Fr Stephen Pugh, Parish Priest at St Margaret of Antioch Ilford, celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry and commission4mission received a commission to create a gift celebrating this occasion. The brief included reference to silver, the colour for 25th anniversaries, plus Stephen’s love of France and his ministry itself. Henry Shelton rose to the challenge with the image above which was presented to Fr Stephen on Sunday 7th July.

The retirement of Fr. Benjamin Rutt-Field from St Paul’s Goodmayes in 2014 was marked by the gift of a painting commissioned from commission4mission. The painting by Henry Shelton joined several others already in the collection of Fr. Benjamin, including a portrait of the retiring priest. The gift was commissioned by the three Anglican churches which form a cluster of churches with St Paul’s Goodmayes and was given in recognition of Fr. Benjamin’s collaborative and supportive work within the cluster. Fr. Benjamin says, “Thank you for your good wishes and the lovely picture painted by Henry Shelton. It is a wonderful still life study of the elements of the Eucharist that I will always treasure in memory of our shared ministry together.”


Altar frontal by Anne Creasey for Christ Church Thames View.

Altar frontal by Anne Creasey for Christ Church Thames View.

commission4mission’s tenth commission, an altar frontal by Anne Creasey, was installed at Christ Church Thames View for the church’s Easter Day services in 2013. The all year round altar frontal features the colours of the Church calendar and incorporates a central cross in gold surmounted by the sun. The sun’s rays also form pentecostal flames while the ball of the sun equates to the host raised above the chalice. Stunning from a distance, the frontal’s design also repays closer inspection through the intricate details of Anne’s embroidery and appliqué work, particularly on the ball of the sun and its rays. Rev. Mina Smallman, Vicar of Christ Church, said: “The congregation loved it. The church building has a practical sense to it, no stained glass windows; all we had was a wooden altar. The frontal has given the altar a wow factor.”


 

Head of Christ, a painted wood relief by Peter Webb commissioned for Dagenham Park Church of England School.

Head of Christ, a painted wood relief by Peter Webb commissioned for Dagenham Park Church of England School.

Peter Webb completed an unusual commission of two painted wooden reliefs for Dagenham Park Church of England School. The reliefs are a head of Christ and a head of Mary Magdalene.

This commission completes a circle for Peter as he first made wooden reliefs while an art teacher, as an aid in teaching Cubism to his pupils.

The commission features as part of the brand new state-of-the-art school building with world class facilities into which the school has moved.

This building, which was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, was nominated for a British Construction Industry Award 2012 in the category of Building of the Year.


 

Holy water Stoup in polished brass and oak by Mark Lewis for St Margaret of Antioch Ilford.

Holy Water Stoup in polished brass and oak by Mark Lewis for St Margaret of Antioch Ilford.

The Holy Water Stoup designed by Mark Lewis for St Margaret’s Great Ilford was awarded a ‘Commended’ certificate in the annual Design Awards of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Diocese of Chelmsford. The judges commented on ‘the simple and elegant design’ of the Holy Water Stoup which they said ‘has been well crafted.’

Mark has explained that the design of the Holy Water Stoup, which is made from oiled oak and polished brass, ‘is inspired by a rising and opening hand in a gesture that suggests invitation or something offered and given in love, reflecting the mission of the Church.’ The engraved inscription on the stoup reads as, ‘We praise you O God.’ The Stoup was dedicated by parish priest Fr. Stephen Pugh on Sunday 25th March 2012 in memory of Mr Ron Smith.


 

Four Evangelists etched windows at All Saints Hutton. Designed by Henry Shelton, etched by Richard Paton.

Four Evangelists etched windows at All Saints Hutton. Designed by Henry Shelton, etched by Richard Paton.

The Four Evangelists windows designed by Henry Shelton and etched by Richard Paton for All Saints Hutton also gained a ‘Commended’ certificate in the annual Design Awards of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Diocese of Chelmsford.

The windows feature symbols of the four Evangelists complementing the earlier set of windows in the opposite screen which features symbols of seven Saints.

 

 

 


 

‘Graffiti Love’, a mosaic by Viki Isherwood Metzler for the community garden at St John’s Seven Kings.

‘Graffiti Love’, a mosaic by Viki Isherwood Metzler for the community garden at St John’s Seven Kings.

Two mosaics were commissioned as part of the development of a community garden at St Johns Seven Kings.

Envisaged as bold, bright works to catch the eye of passers by and draw them into the green space of the garden.

Viki Isherwood Metzler re-created her ‘Graffiti Love’ design for display on the East wall of the church

Mosaic by Sergiy Shkanov, a part of the ‘Trinity’ sculpture for the community garden at St John’s Seven Kings.

Mosaic by Sergiy Shkanov, a part of the ‘Trinity’ sculpture for the community garden at St John’s Seven Kings.

Sergiy Shkanov added a mosaic to the ‘Trinity’ sculpture in the remembrance area of the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One of seven memorial windows for All Saints Hutton designed by Henry Shelton and etched by Richard Paton.

One of seven memorial windows for All Saints Hutton designed by Henry Shelton and etched by Richard Paton.

Memorial windows designed by Henry Shelton and etched by Richard Paton were commissioned for All Saints Hutton.

The windows are set within a screen with each containing iconography representing a different saint, the seven saints featured being Cecilia, Martin of Tours, Peter, Mary, Paul, James the Great, and Margaret of Antioch.

Henry Shelton’s designs have an economy of line and gesture which conjure eloquent and elegant meanings from the most minimal of marks.

 

 


 

One of two fused windows by Caroline Richardson commissioned for St Peter’s Harold Wood.

One of two fused windows by Caroline Richardson commissioned for St Peter’s Harold Wood.

Caroline Richardson was commissioned to create two fused glass windows for St Peters Harold Wood.

This commission was for 14 fused glass panels set in steel frames forming two windows; the left window on the theme ‘I am the light of the world’ and the right on the theme ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’

Caroline created a flowing complementary design focusing on light and water for the two windows in the north transept of the church which incorporates in one the text of John 8. 12 and in the other of John 10. 10.

 

 

 


 

‘The Baptism of Jesus’ by Rosalind Hore, a commission for St Edmund’s Tyseley.

‘The Baptism of Jesus’ by Rosalind Hore, a commission for St Edmund’s Tyseley.

‘The Baptism of Jesus’ by Rosalind Hore was donated to St Edmunds Tyseley, through commission4mission, in memory of Revd. Phil Evens, Vicar of Tyseley from 1989 – 1999.

This painting sees water, fish, cross, crown, dove, fire and light – all the signs and symbols of his future ministry – swept up together to coalesce around the baptised Jesus.

Vigorous movement and vibrant colour combine to depict the glory of the Son who is here commissioned by the Father and empowered by the Spirit.


 

Stations 4 & 5 of Henry Shelton’s ‘Stations of the Crown of Thorns’ at St Paul’s Goodmayes

Stations 4 & 5 of Henry Shelton’s ‘Stations of the Crown of Thorns’ at St Paul’s Goodmayes

Henry Shelton was commissioned to create a contemporary set of Stations of the Cross which has become known as the Stations of the Crown of Thorns at St Paul’s Goodmayes. As part of its semi-abstract imagery, Christ is depicted throughout only by the Crown of Thorns. There are 15 paintings in all, as the scheme includes a resurrection Station depicting Christ present in the Eucharistic elements. A tryptich incorporating Stations XI, XII and XIII forms the central focus of the scheme. This tryptich has inventively incorporated an existing metal crucifix into its design to form Station XII; ‘Jesus dies on the cross’. The colour scheme of these ‘Stations’ harmonizes with the existing stained glass at St Paul’s Goodmayes and the paintings feature the minimal flowing lines that characterise Shelton’s semi-abstract style.


 

Detail of ‘Crucifixion’ by Henry Shelton, a commission for the St Luke’s Chapel at Queens Hospital Romford.

Detail of ‘Crucifixion’ by Henry Shelton, a commission for the St Luke’s Chapel at Queens Hospital Romford.

The St Luke Chapel at Queens Hospital Romford has two paintings by Henry Shelton, our first completed commission; a Crucifixion which forms the Chapel’s altarpiece and a eucharistic painting entitled Do this in rememberance of me.

Through a different commission, the Chapel also features windows by Caroline Richardson.