Arts (Events, Shows & Exhibitions)

Play: 'Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador'

'Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador' is a new play by RISE Theatre in association with The Archbishop Romero Trust, looking at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice. There will be a special performance on Saturday, 23 September 2017 at 12pm at St Stephen's with St John, Rochester Row, London SW1P 1LE.

The true story of Blessed ...

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London: Creativity and Spirituality Day Retreats

A new series of day retreats and a workshop will be taking place at DeMazenod House near Tower Bridge this autumn, focussing on themes of Discerning Dreams, Healing with Divine Love and Colour Therapy.

Day Retreats

30 September Discerning Dreams: Some dreams are profound. They remain with us. Why? ...

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Play Review: Driving Miss Daisy

Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths

Driving Miss Daisy, a comedy drama by Alfred Uhry opened at the Richmond Theatre with Sian Phillips as Miss Daisy, Derek Griffiths as Hoke, her chauffeur, and Teddy Kempner as her son Boolie. The play is set in Atlanta, Georgia in 1948 and explores the twenty five year long relationship between an ageing, Southern Jewish widow and her African American driver. Despite her ...

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Art the Arms Fair

Civilian Drone Strike -

Art the Arms Fair is a unique art exhibition that has been set up in opposition to the Defence & Security Equipment International 2017 (DSEI), one of the biggest arms fairs in the world.

Open for this week only at SET Space, 7th Floor, Capstan House, Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BA the exhibition will bring together the work of artists, including Guerrilla Girls, Peter Kennard, Darren...

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Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael at National Gallery

Michelangelo Virgin & Child with Infant St John the Baptist -'Taddei Tondo', Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

This autumn there is unique opportunity to explore the complex relationship between three giants of Renaissance art in a special display at the National Gallery.

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael around 1500 brings together eight works by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), and Raffaello Santi, or Raphael (1483–1520); three artists who were keenly aware...

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London: Praying with Art at Tate Britain

Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton from Mount Street Jesuit Centre will be leading Praying with Art at Tate Britain this Saturday, 2nd September from 11am-4pm. They say: "Our day at Tate Britain will provide opportunities to 'stand and stare', to allow a painting or sculpture to speak to our deepest selves and allow God to speak to us through that process of pondering."

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Play: A Monk’s Tale: Relics, Reform and Revolution

Luther, the mad monk… “No, he wasn’t mad.” “Well, he was very angry!”

Confused/bemused about Luther? Good for us/bad for us? A cultural disaster? A reform which went wrong – or went right?

You will certainly not go wrong if you spend an hour at 'A Monk’s Tale: Relics, Reform and Revolution' touring the UK now after a near sell-out three weeks in Edinburgh.

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New 'Slow TV' series visits three Benedictine monasteries

Pluscarden Abbey

Three Benedictine monasteries: Pluscarden, Downside and Belmont feature in a new three part TV documentary series due to be shown on BBC Four in October.

According to an entry on the Pluscarden website, the genre of this documentary is ‘Slow TV’. Following the model of ‘Into Great Silence’ about La Grande Chartreuse, “the idea is to invite viewers into a world where prayer, medi...

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Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Irene Kelleher in Mary and Me

As ever, there is much of Catholic and spiritual interest during Edinburgh’s Festival season.

On the Fringe, director Jeremy Weller’s Grassmarket Projects has returned to the excellent Summerhall arts centre with Doglife, the second part of a trilogy based on the life of Thomas McCrudden – a former gangland enforcer struggling to change from a violent past to a more hopeful...

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V&A commissions installation inspired by endangered Cremisan Valley

While We Wait

Bethlehem-based architects Elias and Yousef Anastas have been commissioned by the V&A to create While We Wait – a meditative installation made of over 500 modules of stone from Palestine.

While We Wait is a meditative installation about the cultural claim over nature in Palestine. The towering structure consists of elements of stone from different regions of Palestine, fading upwards in...

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Methodism in Poldark

Samuel & Drake Carne, played by Tom York & Harry Richardson

The Poldark books by Winston Graham and the current TV adaptation demonstrate that you cannot tell the story of mining in Cornwall in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, without the story of Methodism in Cornwall. But how much of the current popular TV adaptation or the books reflect the truth of Methodism in the 1790s?

The story rotates around the dramatic lives and loves of t...

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Poldark – Quality television and a spiritual experience

Ellen Teague at Porthgwarra Beach - one  Poldark location

Last night’s thrilling final episode of Poldark Series 3 left me emotionally exhausted, and around five million others as well. Many are lamenting on social media that Sunday nights will now be so dull without further story development for at least a year. Poldark has been an outstanding popular drama, one of those unique and subtle productions that go beyond entertainment to be a spiritual e...

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Bethlehem: Our Lady of Palestine icon displayed at new centre

Our Lady of Palestine

Dr Ihab Bseiso, Palestinian Culture Minister, opened an icon exhibition on Friday, 4 August 2017, entitled 'Icons today, the new birth of an old Palestinian heritage', held by the Bethlehem Icon Centre (BIC).

Dr Bseiso spoke of the importance of valuing not only the spiritual aspect but also the cultural dimension of the Bethlehem Icon Centre. “The Bethlehem Icon Centre with its cultura...

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Exhibition on persecuted Christians in Syria

Sister Annie Demerjian

Aid to the Church in Need is holding an art exhibition in Edinburgh later this month to raise awareness of persecuted Christians in Syria. The exhibition entitled 'Portraits Of Faith: Syria’s Christians Search For Peace' includes the work of of Farid Georges, a Syrian Orthodox painter from Homs, chronicling the destruction of his beloved city.

After touring the north-west of England the...

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