Pilgrimage exhibition – St Saviour’s St Albans

c4m Pilgrimage flyer 2commission4mission’s next exhibition will be at St Saviour’s Church (25 Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF) for the Alban PilgrimageThe Alban Pilgrimage takes place annually and is held in honour of the city’s namesake, St Alban, who died on 22nd June over 1700 years ago. Stunning 12-ft tall carnival puppets and a procession of around 300 children, teenagers and adults from the local community dramatize the tale of Alban’s martyrdom, with the final scene taking place at the West End of St Albans Cathedral, the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

Entitled ‘Pilgrimage’, our exhibition, from 23rd – 30th June (9.00am – 5.00), will feature work by: Hayley BowenHarvey BradleyIrina BradleyLucy CrabtreeValerie DeanMaryJean DonagheyJonathan EvensTerry FfyffeMichael GarawayClorinda GoodmanDeborah HarrisonAnthony HodgsonDavid MillidgeAdeliza MoleDorothy Morris; and Victoria Norton. The exhibition includes ceramics, paintings, sculptures and an installation.


Hayley Bowen writes that her painting ‘6 years and 26 miles’ depicts the pilgrimage of 15 year old Mary Jones, a girl from a poor Welsh family, who in the year 1800 walked 26 miles barefoot to the town of Bala (and back again) across rough countryside to buy a copy of the Welsh language Bible from The Rev.Thomas Charles after saving up for one for six years. The story inspired the founding of the British and Foreign Bible Society.

Michael Garaway has posted about ‘Steperegrin’, the new work he hasMGaraway_Steperegrin2018_28 prepared for this exhibition: ‘Eighty eight hours over six weeks, a step pattern combined with a diagrammatic motif, suggestive of mazes, wandering pathways, maps, circuits, and with hints of landscape, this is “Steperegrin”. It combines three grids at varying angles to form the motif. The title refers to the use of a celtic step pattern, and also to an older term “peregrinate” or “peregrination”, which came to mean journeying abroad, hence the link to ideas of pilgrimage.’
The Reading Guild of Artists have selected a work by Adeliza Mole as their Picture of the Month. Their choice of ‘Moss Pond’ was because it ‘appeals on a visceral level’ with ‘so much to look at’ – ‘it is landscape re-assessed, painted with a marvellous eye and wonderful colours, soothing and yet wild and exciting!’ Adeliza will have three works in the ‘Pilgrimage’ exhibition.

The Alban Pilgrimage starts at 11.00am at St Peter’s Church, St Albans. After the procession, a range of beautiful services will take place throughout the day. Everyone is welcome; whether to hear the stunning voices of the Cathedral Choirs, experience the peaceful chant of an Orthodox Service for the first time, or simply step into the building to find out more about one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in Britain. This year’s guest preachers, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark Cathedral and Stuart Burns OSB of Mucknell Abbey, recipient of the Dunstan Award for Prayer and Religious Life, join the celebrations on this special day.

There are also concerts at St Saviour’s on Saturday 23rd and 30th June:

  • Saturday  23rd June, 7.30 pm: St Albans Symphony Orchestra, An Evening of Sibelius. More information here.
  • Saturday 30th June, 7.30 pm: St Albans Chamber Choir, Light and Love, Music for Midsummer. More information here.