Easter commission4mission Newsletter

Our latest newsletter was published today. Victoria Norton has drawn together a large amount of information about our artists and their current projects. The newsletter features new member Elizabeth Deane, Maurizio Galia‘s new book, a service organised by Jonathan Evens, commissions by Rob Floyd, exhibitions by Jacqui Parkinson, Michael Garaway, Anthony Hodgson, Susan Latchford, Adeliza […]

Members updates: Victoria Norton & Judy Goring

Victoria Norton has had a busy year building up Mersea Contemporary, exhibiting with commission4mission and other art groups, and running Open Studio events and workshops. She also enjoyed our commission4mission retreat for the first time this year which proved very refreshing and rewarding. She hopes to be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair in London early in the […]

Members update: Alan Hitching, Terry Ffyffe & Chris Clack

Alan Hitching has recently created a commission for the consecration on 31st July 2016 of Bishop Liverson Mng’onda, Bishop of the Diocese of Taita Taveta in Kenya. Bishop Liverson had admired Alan’s mosaics on an earlier visit to the UK in 2009 and requested a mosaic exploring John 14.6. In his design Alan responded to the […]

Hanging ‘Reflection’

Our ‘Reflection’ exhibition was hung today in readiness for tomorrow’s opening. ‘Reflection’ is our fourth group exhibition in the setting of St Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN). Tuesday 6 – Friday 16 September (Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm, Weds 11.00am – 3.00pm). An exhibition reception (6.30pm) and commission4mission’s AGM (5.30pm) will be held tomorrow (Tuesday […]

Michael Garaway

Michael Garaway studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic and University College Chester, and has made and exhibited his work since the 1980’s. As a student he struggled with tensions between evangelical christian culture and contemporary art practice, and eventually decided to take a path of learning from the new and experimental. He later moved away from church involvement, although not abandoning faith altogether, and developed his own responses to urban environments and technologies. During his career he has employed a range of media and processes to make semi-abstract work, including acrylics, pastels and computers.

He has worked as a graphic artist, and as a computer and audio-visual technician in education. In the past twenty years he has taught and managed courses on art, design and multimedia in colleges and universities. He taught Multimedia at Reading College from 2000, and later ran a Fine Art degree there for Thames Valley University. From 2011 he lectured on creative courses in the Ealing School of Art, Design & Media at the University of West London, and recently moved on to explore new directions with his art practice.

In the past six years he has become a fully involved member of St John the Evangelist Parish Church at Woodley near Reading in Berkshire, where he has a number of roles, including the leadership of a small art group, and contribution of graphic design skills.

Michael is continuing to work with his established themes in his studio practice, but is also interested in exploring possibilities for presenting traditional Christian iconography in contemporary forms and formats, using the media and processes he has developed during his career.