10 years of commission4mission

commission4mission was set up in 2009 and became a registered charity (Charity no. 1161109) in 2011.

Between 2009 and 2020 we undertook the following:

Art Trails: researched, published and launched a Church Art Trail for the Barking Episcopal Area; and Faith in the City Art Trail leaflet for the Corporation of London focusing on modern and contemporary artworks in the City Churches.

Commissions: 13 commissions at Queens Hospital Romford; All Saints Hutton; St Peter’s Harold Wood; St Edmund’s Tyseley; St Paul’s Goodmayes; St John’s Seven Kings; St Margaret’s Great Ilford; Christ Church ThamesView; and Dagenham Park Church of England School.

Exhibitions: Chelmsford Cathedral; St Laurence Upminster; the Pentecost, West Ham and Leytonstone Festivals; E17 and Leytonstone Art Trails; Holy Trinity with St Augustine of Hippo Leytonstone; St Martin-in-the-Fields; St Mary Magdalene Billericay; Tokarska Gallery; All Saints West Ham, Strand Gallery (Pentecost Festival), Harlow Town Centre (pop-up exhibition for Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival); All Saints Woodford Wells, Wimbledon Library Gallery; Hornchurch and Romford libraries (H’Art Festival – the Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival); St Stephen Walbrook; Norwich Cathedral; St Saviour’s St Albans; All Hallows by the Tower; Coventry Cathedral; and Holy Trinity Sloane Square.

Events: Launch event hosted by St Alban’s Romford; Art Talks by David Hawkins, Fr Rodrick Hingley, Graham Gould, Mark Lewis, Jonathan Evens, Glenn Lowcock, Steve Scott, Stephen Cottrell, Rob Floyd, Richard D. North, Wendy McTernan, Irina Bradley, Anthony Hodgson; Networking evenings on the themes of ‘Spirituality – the heartbeat of Art?’ and ‘Stations of the Cross’; Study Day on the theme of ‘Perspectives on commissioning Christian Art’ at Chelmsford Cathedral and on the value of public art at St Paul’s Harlow; Art workshop at St Paul’s Harlow which produced a design for a frieze; Art demonstration by Harvey Bradley; Big Draw workshop led by Mark Lewis, Francesca Ross and Peter Webb; Performance evenings featuring Colin Burns, Tim Cunningham, Jonathan Evens, Jane Grell, Malcolm Guite, Alan Hitching, Jenny Houghton, Tamsin Kendrick and Steve Scott; Arts in Worship event at St Stephen Walbrook where Hayley Bowen, John Gentry, Mark Lewis, Henry Shelton and Peter Webb led art workshops and a series of visual multi-media meditations were shown; and Art Walks led by Mark Lewis to churches on the Art Trail for the Barking Episcopal Area and Faith in the City Art Trail.

Our partners have included: HeartEdge; New Roots; Oasis Trust; and The Worship Cloud

Projects: worked with CANA and Veritasse on Run with the Fire, an international art project for churches in the 2012 Olympic year – Run with the Fire DVD containing a digital exhibition and event guidance materials – resulting in events run using the digital exhibition in Aldersbrook, California, Devonport, Harlow, Leicester, London, Sacramento, Streatham and Woodford; supported Stations 2017, a collaboration between Mark Dean (artist), Lizzi Kew Ross (choreographer) and Lucy Newman Cleeve (curator).

Publications: commission4mission catalogue (2010); Condemned, a creative reflection for Lent  illustrated with contemporary art works by seven member artists, accompanied by the words of Isaiah 53; articles by Jonathan Evens, Helen Gheorghui Gould and Steven Saxby to a special arts edition of franciscan magazine; three collections of images by commission4mission artists available for download via theworshipcloud.com:  Mark of the Cross (images by Henry Shelton and words by Jonathan Evens), The Passion: Reflections and Prayers features pictures, poems and prayers by Henry Shelton and Jonathan Evens, and Stations of the Cross by Valerie Dean.

Retreats: Mark Lewis organised three retreats held at the Othona Community in Bradwell.

Services celebrating the Arts at St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell, All Saints Goodmayes and St Stephen Walbrook; two Stations of the Cross services held at St Martin-in-the-Fields; Irina Bradley, Valerie Dean, Tim Harrold and Henry Shelton spoke on inspiration in a Bread for the World service at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Websites: Webpage (http://commissionformission.blogspot.com/) and website (https://www.commission4mission.org/).

Since we began our work we have donated over £12,000 to the following charities: The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields; The Salvation Army; The National Autistic Society; and PDSA (Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals), Oasis Trust, Rejuvenate Worldwide, St Francis Hospice, Safer Places, Sightsavers International, Smile Train UK and Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Our artists have included: Alan Hitching; Ally Ashworth; Andrew Vessey; Anne Creasey; Caroline Nina Phillips; Caroline Richardson; Christopher Clack; Clorinda Goodman; Colin Joseph Burns; Danielle Lovesey; David Hawkins; Elizabeth Duncan Meyer; Francesca Ross; Gillian Barritt; Harvey Bradley; Hayley Bowen; Henry Shelton; Janet Roberts; Jim Insole; Jonathan Evens; Joy Rousell Stone; Ken Ashby; Mark Lewis; Mbeng Pouka; Michael Creasey; Nadiya Pavliv Tokarska; Peter Webb; Richard Paton; Rosalind Hore; Ross Ashmore; Sergiy Shkanov; Valerie Dean; Celia Ward; Robert Enoch; Adeliza Mole; Anthony Hodgson; Barbara Harris; Cathie Chappell; David Millidge; Deborah Harrison; Dorothy Morris; Eugenia Jacobs; Fiona Hunter-Boyd; Irene Novelli; Irina Bradley; Jacek Kulikowski; Jacqui Parkinson; Jean Lamb; John Gentry; Laura Grenci; Lewis Braswell; Lucy Crabtree; Lucy Thomasin Morrish; Markos Kampanis; Martin Cosgrove; Mary Flitcroft; MaryJean Donaghey; Maurizio Galia; Michael Garaway; Rob Floyd; Rodney Munday; Susan Latchford; Sy Baker; Tim Harrold, Peter Shorer, Terry Ffyffe, Elizabeth Deane, Lisa Cunningham, Colin Riches, Judy Goring, Monica Thornton, Dorothy Gager, Sonia Veness, Beverley Barr, Jonathan Peter Smith, Victoria Norton, Nicolas Young, Emma Horsfield, Christine Garwood, Alexander Walker, Mari Hayman, and Sarah Ollerenshaw.