Maundy Thursday

Today from our little (I use the term lightly as it has grown rather large) Holy week art project I am offering three pieces, which encompass the breadth of the work on display.

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The Upper Room not just with the story which will be told and heard again by so many tonight but with memories of other stories, healings and actions. (to the side out of shot is an overturned table).

After the meal Jesus washed their feet, even Judas' ...

After the meal Jesus washed their feet, even Judas’ …

This piece titled 'EXIT Judas' imagines the moment when Judas feet still wet runs away in shame to do what he must do.

… this piece titled ‘EXIT Judas’ imagines the moment when Judas feet still wet runs away not waiting for his feet to be dried runs away.

Later there is agony in the garden

Later there is ‘Agony in the Garden’, for Judas will not be the only one to flee.

These stunning depictions of Holy Week are only going to be around for another couple of days, the last exhibits will be added tomorrow.  We have been amazed by the response both by recognised artists like Anne Morrison (whose incredible ‘Agony in the Garden’ is above) and amateurs, both those of faith and those who claim to have none, who have wanted to engage in this project.  The number and variety of works have far exceeded our expectations and the conversations that have been held over and about the art have been a glorious addition to Holy Week.

Tomorrow the final pieces are added, while at St Andrew’s this morning I stripped the altar and left the place bare and later on at All Saints tonight I will do the same, there is something quite thought provoking about all this.  For while in a neighbouring church the wonder of this week is enfolding through a growing collection of art we are taking and hiding everything away.  I have always loved the drama of stripping the altar and the watch in a dark bleak church void of all trappings and while both these things couldn’t happen in the same space they complement each other gloriously.

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