Arts, Events & Exhibitions

Reviews of plays, music & art exhibitions- with a Catholic angle. This category also includes profiles of artists and musicians, where the artists are Catholic or Christian, or the play or work of art deals with a Catholic theme - directly or indirectly.

London: Major Icon exhibition

The Church of St Saviour in Lupus Street, Pimlico is the venue once again of an exhibition of Icons from around the UK and all over the world. The exhibition (from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th November) has been arranged by The British Association Of Iconographers which was established 11 years ago with the stated aim of deepening the knowledge and inner understanding of icons and the spirit...

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How a melody led to the grave of an unknown soldier + video

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In 2014, London-based mezzo soprano Patricia Hammond and musician Matt Redman were researching a First World War recording project, and discovered a German songbook published in 1917. They found one piece they particularly liked, but the dates above the music showed that the composer, Ernst Brockmann, had written the song in Verdun on the 20th of April, 1916, and died there a short time later, ...

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Bristol: Peace Dove mural for Bishopston parish

To mark the first anniversary of the opening of its Business Centre, Bishopston's St Bonaventure's Parish has invited Bristol street artist Jody to create a piece on their walls. Jody, who headlined this year's Upfest, belongs to the same generation of seminal Bristol street artists as the likes of Paris, Xenz, Cheo, Inkie and Banksy. His Bishopston Peace Dove is a floral interpretat...

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Shrewsbury: Blue plaque unveiled for Catholic artist

A blue plaque has been placed on the home of the Catholic artist who designed seven of the finest windows of Shrewsbury Cathedral.

The plaque in honour of Shrewsbury-born Margaret Agnes Rope was unveiled on the wall of the Priory House, now part of the Welsh Bridge Campus of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group. It was awarded by Shrewsbury Civic Society and is the only blue plaque in hono...

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London: Icons for Unity Exhibition

The Church of St Saviour in Lupus Street, Pimlico is the venue once again of an exhibition of Icons from around the UK and even further afield - as far as Hong Kong in fact. The exhibition (from 15th to 17th November) has been arranged by The British Association Of Iconographers which was established 11 years ago with the stated aim of deepening the knowledge and inner understanding of icons an...

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Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Britain

This is the first major Burne-Jones retrospective to be shown in London since the centenary exhibition of 1933, and charts his rise from artistic outsider to one of the great European artists of the fin de siecle. Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898) was born in Birmingham and attended the Birmingham School of Art before going up to Oxford to study theology with the intention of bec...

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London: Homeless Jesus at Farm Street church + video

Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schmalz

This powerful sculpture by Timothy Schmalz depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. His face and hands are obscured by a blanket, but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity. The statue, which has been described as a visual translation of Jesus' admonition "as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, so you did it to me," can now be found in Farm Street Jes...

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Exhibition: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms - Art, Word, War

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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War - the largest-ever exhibition on the history, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England spanning all six centuries from the eclipse of Roman Britain in the 5th century to the Norman Conquest of 1066, has opened at the British Library in Euston - running to Tuesday, 19 February 2019.

The exhibition presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enco...

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London: Praying with the Art of Seiger Koder

Praying with the Art of Seiger Koder - a day long workshop with Sister Magdalene Lawler takes place at the Meditatio Centre, this Saturday, 20 October, from 10.30am - to 4pm

The centre is based in St Mark's Myddleton Square, London EC1R 1XX.

For more information tel: 0207 278 2070 email:

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Mantegna and Bellini at National Gallery

Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini were brothers in law. Mantegna (1430-1506) was born in Padua, the son of a carpenter, while Bellini (c.1430-1516) was the scion of the greatest artistic family in Venice. His father, Jacopo, had founded a highly successful studio in c. 1540, which was later taken over by Giovanni's brother Gentile. Mantegna married Giovanni's sister Nicolosia in 1...

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Lorenzo Lotto Exhibition at National Gallery

In autumn 2018 the National Gallery will stage the first-ever exhibition of portraits by the Italian Renaissance artist Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1557). Lorenzo Lotto Portraits will bring together many of Lotto's best portraits spanning his entire career from collections around the world.

5 November 2018 - 10 February 2019

Ground Floor Galleries, <...

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Race and Christianity in America

Rebecca Tinsley reviews a new film, a museum and several books.

"My God, my God, why hast though forsaken me?" is the greatest blues line of all time, according to the African American intellectual, Stanley Crouch. For the rapper, Tupak Shakur, Jesus was, "Somebody that hurt like we hurt, that understands where we're coming from."

James Cone's "The Cross and the Lynch...

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Writing with Artists and Angels

Sarah de Nordwall

You are invited to come and pray with the art works inspired by Adoration, using art as a spiritual exercise on the Feast of the Archangels 29 September 2018 from 12.45 to 5.30pm at the Adoremus Art Exhibition, Our Lady of Dolours Church, 264, Fulham Road SW10 9EL.

Enjoy being helped to write and pray in a new way with the art created by St Patricks Studios for the Adoremus congress. Poet...

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Courtauld Impressionists: from Manet to Cezanne

The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded in 1932 through the philanthropy of the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) who in the same year presented it with an extensive number of paintings from his own collection, mainly French Impressionist and Post- Impressionist works acquired in the 1920s. Since 1989, the Institute, together with the Courtauld Gallery h...

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