10am to 5pm
Open until 7pm on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December
Presenting a unique exhibition of new and recent paintings exploring Britain’s churches, chapels and cathedrals by members of the Federation of British Artists.
The Painted Parish features paintings exploring British Churches, examining notions of place and time, life and loss, as well as faith and worship.
The poet John Betjeman wrote in his poem Churchyards, 'Our churches are our history shown / In wood and glass and iron and stone'. Here, though, Britain’s ecclesiastical buildings are rendered in watercolour, oil, pastel, and more, inside and out, as places of worship, sites of construction, iconic status or desolate ruin.
Exhibiting artists include members of the country’s leading national art societies, the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI), amongst others.
An illustrated e-catalogue accompanies the exhibition [below], featuring a foreword by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Reader in Architecture at the University of Kent and author of Churches: Explore the Symbols, Learn the Language and Discover the History (Harper Collins, 2008).