Newsletter 20 – February 2014

art39Inspire: art as spiritual exploration

‘Inspire: art as spiritual exploration’ was one of commission4mission’s most varied, exciting and interesting shows. It was also one of our most successful in terms of sales of work.

Comments on the exhibition included: “Beautiful church and amazing art exhibition, really peaceful. Thank you for your initiative. Very much enjoyed it!” “We have really enjoyed looking at the ‘Inspire: art as spiritual exploration’ exhibition in this beautiful church – an oasis of peace.”

commission4mission committee member Harvey Bradley summed up the response when he said, “What a fantastic exhibition has been set up. I think it looks brilliant and is a credit to all concerned. Even given the spectacular building, the artwork does commission4mission credit.”

Held at St Stephen Walbrook in November 2013, artists exhibiting were Ross Ashmore, Ally Ashworth, Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Christopher Clack, Anne Creasey, Valerie Dean, Jonathan Evens, Clorinda Goodman, Alan Hitching, Mark Lewis, Pouka, Caroline Richardson, Janet Roberts, Francesca Ross, Henry Shelton, Sergiy Shkanov and Peter Webb. Parish priest, Peter Delaney, also exhibited his work as part of the show.


A modern take on the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was one of the works of art included in the exhibition. The model for the painting was Duncan Tarrant, the son of the Rector of St Mary’s Woodford, who posed for the artist Peter Webb. Duncan attended the Private View and was photographed alongside the work, which was painted specially for the exhibition.

New website

A fantastic variety of artwork by commission4mission artists can now be seen on our new website at The site is up and running and features artists’ profiles combined with information on: our commissions; the commissioning process; online sales; background information; events; and our charitable donations. Wendy McTernan worked closely with freshSPRING ( to develop the site in order to showcase our work. The website also has all of our posts from our blog. In future, our posts will all appear on the website blog rather than the original commission4mission blog. As a result, if you wish to stay up-to-date with commission4mission’s news please bookmark


Christmas cards 1

Christmas cards

We produced Christmas cards for the first time in 2013 and these sold briskly in the run up to the Festival. Artists contributing 11 different designs in a variety of media and styles included: Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Mark Lewis, Henry Shelton and Peter Webb. The cards are available either in packs of 11(£5) and as single cards (50p) and can be ordered by emailing to or by visiting http://www.commission4mission.


+David exhibitionOur Patron, The Rt. Revd. David Hawkins will be exhibiting his paintings at St Peter‟s Harold Wood from 11th – 21st March, prior to his retirement as Bishop of Barking. Bishop David is a landscape artist who works with acrylics, watercolour, mixed media and installations. He has exhibited previously in Stafford, Leeds, Merseyside, London, Nigeria and Capetown.

Jean Lamb – SEED:BLOOD

Exhibition by Jean Lamb

Exhibition by Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb, one of our newest members, will be exhibiting at Southwell Minster (Church St, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0HD) from 1st – 28th February 2014. The exhibition entitled SEED:BLOOD and will feature paintings and sculpture on the theme of sacrifice. A preview will be held on 31st January at 7.00pm. Jean works in oils, wood and watercolour and is always open to new challenges and techniques. She has had a number of public commissions as well as private and has exhibited in Cathedrals, Churches, Museums and Private Galleries. Jean is a priest in the Church of England working half time in parish ministry where she is able to use her imagery in visual preaching and theology.