Stations of the Cross
About Stations of the Cross
Wesley Uniting Church in the City, one of Perth’s oldest and most iconic churches, is pleased to introduce you to the forthcoming 2018 Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition.
The Exhibition has become an annual tradition for Wesley Uniting Church and also a significant event within the Art Community.
Running for the 9th year, the Exhibition is curated by Claire Bushby and will feature newly commissioned artworks by fifteen Western Australian contemporary artists.
The artists, representing some of our finest creative talent, have been invited to participate in this year’s event which features newly created artworks, specially commissioned for the show.
The fifteen artworks correspond to the traditional story of Easter and the ritual of the 'Stations of the Cross'. While pertaining to a religious narrative, participating artists each interpret a single 'station' through their personal and unique understanding of Easter and the human experiences and themes that underlie it.
Stations of the Cross 2018 will feature artworks by:
- Peter & Molly
- Gemma Ben-Ary
- Shannon Calcott
- Olga Cironis
- Peter Farmer
- Dawn Gamblen
- Philip Gamblen
- Ruth Halbert
- Kim Hyunji
- Aliesha Mafrici
- Andrew Nicholls
- Clare Peake
- Denise Pepper
- Helen Seiver
- Joni Sercombe
Saturday 24 March to Monday 9 April, 9am to 5pm daily. Entry is free.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Gregory Pryor, Artist and Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, on Friday 23 March.
An Industry Forum will be taking place on Wednesday 28 March at 6pm at the church. Claire Bushby, Stations of the Cross Curator, will be in discussion with 2018 artists Olga Cironis, Ruth Halbert, Peter Farmer and Denise Pepper. Registrations are free. RSVP to email@example.com
It is often difficult to articulate our spiritual life in a way that resonates with the reality we encounter day by day. It is my belief that part of this difficulty is caused by the numbing of our inner being through what amounts to a form of spiritual malnutrition. We have many images and tropes cast at us from the electronic media and television but much of this is unreflective of our inner lives and is in effect fibre without substance, leaving us hungry for transformation and real substance.
When we engage with art we are hearing, seeing and encountering the reality of something more, at a level that can be given the chance to feed our inner being. This is even more evident when we start to talk about life’s great themes--life, death, and meaning. Art in the Christian tradition opens this door and by reflecting on the life of Christ as is understood in the 21st century milieu we are engaging with the very question of life, death and meaning.
The Stations of the Cross originated in pilgrimages to Jerusalem and the desire to reproduce and connect with the holy. The raison d’être of the Stations of the Cross is to help the faithful make a spiritual connection, through meditating upon the scenes of Christ’s suffering and death as well as on their lived human experience. It is in this experience we find the food for our inner being and a language that enables and enlivens a deeper part of ourselves.
You will see as you walk around a diverse representation of the final days of Jesus. In reflecting on these works, it is my hope that the images and metaphors used will excite in you a passion to see the fullness of humanity given even freer expression in your own life.
Claire Bushby has done a wonderful job in curating this exhibition and I thank her for her wisdom, insight, dedication and tenacity in bringing this together. Thanks also to Donald Nicholas for his untiring work in managing this process with vision and heart. My deepest thanks to the artists, who have given of themselves, as they offered their gifts, insights and perspectives to make this all happen.
As we have undertaken this journey, I have found myself profoundly challenged, to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified as he stands with the poor and the dispossessed. It is my hope that as you view these artworks you will gain a deeper understanding, not only of our journey together as fellow travellers, but also of the deep humanity of the Easter Story. It is my hope, as well, that this story will offer you fresh opportunities to appropriate this very human, divine narrative of love and hope in your own life. It is my prayer that we may see in the visceral nature of these works a metaphor for our shared humanity and God’s transforming love.
Grace & Peace
Rev Craig Collas
Minister Wesley Uniting Church
Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Die - Peter & Molly
Station 2: Jesus Carries His Cross - Shannon Calcott
Station 3: Jesus Falls the First Time - Joni Sercombe
Station 4: Jesus Meets His Mother - Helen Seiver
Station 5: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross - Peter Farmer
Station 6: Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face - Ruth Halbert
Station 7: Jesus Falls the Second Time - Clare Peake
Station 8: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem - Gemma Ben-Ary
Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time - Olga Cironis
Station 10: Jesus is Stripped - Dawn Gamblen
Station 11: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross (The Crucifixion) - Philip Gamblen
Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross - Kim Hyunji
Station 13: Jesus' Body is Taken Down from the Cross - Andrew Nicholls
Station 14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb (The Deposition or Lamentation) - Denise Pepper
Station 15: Jesus Rises from Death (The Resurrection) - Aliesha Mafrici
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