A unique exhibition - held in 14 locations across London - uses works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way. In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers will travel across London, mapping the geography of the Holy Land onto the streets of a 'new Jerusalem.'
The Stations weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from cathedrals to museums. The art on display runs the gamut from Old Master paintings to contemporary video installations. Artists will include Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists. There is a website and an App to accompany the Stations, and a series of podcasts.
The first station at King's College London Chapel, Strand Campus is a work by Terry Duffy, painted in response to the 1981 UK riots. The second station: Jesus takes up his cross and begins his journey, is a statue of Ghandi by Philip Jackson. From here the next station is is Methodist Central Hall - Jesus falls the first time - represented by James Balmforth, Intersection Point, 2015. Eric Gill's 1915 Jesus meets his mother is the fourth station at Westminster Cathedral. (Canon Christopher Tuckwell gives the reflection here).
Further locations are: Cavendish Square, the Wallace Collection, the West London Synagogue, the National Gallery, Notre Dame de France Church (home of the Notre Dame Refugee Centre) and Our Lady's Chapel, 1959 by Jaques Cocteau; St Giles Cripplegate by the Barbican; The Salvation Army International Headquarters; St Paul's Cathedral; The Chapel Royal of St Peter-ad-Vincula in the Tower of London
and St Stephen, Walbrook.
The 14th Station: 'Jesus is laid in the tomb' is at The Temple Church Triforium (upper level). This church was modeled on the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where Jesus was buried.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: "For many centuries, the Passion of Jesus has inspired artists to some of their most outstanding work. I warmly welcome this innovative 'Stations of the Cross' project, bringing together Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist churches, as well as museums and public spaces around London, to enrich with new artistic endeavour our meditation on the redemptive suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
"The narrative of the Passion, embodied through these 14 impressive works of art, provides a powerful encouragement to think about not only the suffering of Jesus in this Lenten season, but the suffering of innocent people around the world. I pray that this exhibition will be a great success and wish to thank most sincerely the curators, artists, and institutions who have made it happen."
The Anglican Bishop of Stepney, Rt Revd Adrian Newman commented: "These remarkable Stations of the Cross represent an iconic Lent pilgrimage across the landscape of contemporary London. They navigate a journey filled with modern meaning - dispossessed communities, fleeing refugees, displaced identities, and all who suffer injustice and oppression. This is visual art which melts the distinctions between sacred and secular, past and present, material and spiritual, offering up a liminal experience here on the streets of this culturally diverse capital city. Art and Christianity have a wonderful history, and I'm delighted to see this exhibition bring them together in such a creative way."
For more information, a map and to download the App see: www.coexisthouse.org.uk/stations2016.html
Browse each station and hear the podcasts here: www.coexisthouse.org.uk/artists-and-places.html