‘Gift’ exhibition – initial hang

DSC02105commission4mission’s third exhibition in the setting of St Stephen Walbrook was hung today.

The exhibition, which is entitled ‘Gift’, anticipates the traditional season of giving associated with the Christian festival of Christmas, but is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation. commission4mission artists taking part showcase their individual engagements with the theme.

Our artists exhibiting are Ally Ashworth, Beverley BarrHayley Bowen, Harvey BradleyVictoria Burton-DaveyChristopher ClackValerie DeanJonathan Evens, Rob Floyd, Maurizio Galia, John Gentry, Clorinda Goodman, Tim HarroldAlan Hitching, Anthony Hodgson, Jean Lamb, Mark Lewis, David Millidge, Janet RobertsHenry Shelton, Sergiy Shkanov and Peter Webb. Their work includes assemblages, ceramics, an installation, mosaics, paintings and sculptures. In addition to much of the exhibited work, a range of artist cards (including commission4mission’s Christmas cards) and other craft items are also for sale.

DSC02012Anita Collier is showing work in the ‘Gift’ exhibition as a guest artist. The work she is showing includes her ‘The Gift’ sculpture as a bronze. We first encountered Anita and her work through the Run with the Fire project, when she used the resources to run a community art exhibition and creative workshops.

Anita says: “The inspiration for my paintings range from what catches my attention in the world around me, to what captures my inner world in the form of a picture, idea or emotion. I then try to faithfully create from this connected place… so my work is often narrative and inspired by beauty, offering glimpses of another world that whispers to the heart.”

A gift of 10 per cent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the charity Oasis. commission4mission has made Oasis our charity of choice meaning that charitable giving will be exclusively to Oasis for the time being.

DSC02095The exhibition is open from Monday 28th September to Friday 8th October (10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday).

The launch and evening reception will be held on 28th September (6.30pm), preceded by our AGM (5.30pm). All are welcome.

During the launch and evening reception, Rob Floyd will speak about making the Stations of the Cross cycle for Manchester Cathedral and Stations of the Resurrection cycle for Liverpool Cathedral. Rev. Rachel Mann, Poet in Residence at Manchester Cathedral says, “I heartily recommend that if you want to understand a little more about the applications of the word ‘Art’ in our language, spend time in communion with Rob Floyd’s paintings. You will be rewarded.”