Easter art engaging with the life and journey of Jesus

Uniting Church in the City (UCIC), Wesley Perth, one of the oldest and most iconic churches in Perth, is for the ninth time preparing to present the Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition in the lead-up to and over Easter.

Curated by Claire Bushby, the exhibition will feature newly commissioned artworks by fifteen Western Australian contemporary artists. The fifteen artworks correspond to the traditional Easter story and ritual of the ‘Stations of the Cross’. While pertaining to a religious narrative of the final days in the life of Jesus, participating artists each interpret a single ‘station’ through their personal and unique understanding of Easter and the human experiences  and themes that underlie it. The exhibition will bridge between sacred stories and the issues and events that are present in our contemporary world.

The vision of Rev Craig Collas, minister at UCIC, is an open one – he hopes audiences of all spiritual persuasions can enjoy the imagination, imagery and conversation that the unique works of art will offer.

“As visitors to Wesley see the artworks, my hope is that they will be able to find their own entry point and engage with the life and journey of Jesus in a way that connects to their own personal journey,” Craig said. “I also hope that they will be able to share their journey through conversation with others, and in  that context, come closer to the love and life that this experience offers.”

Stations of the Cross 2018 will open at Uniting Church in the City Wesley Perth, on the corner of William and Hay Streets, at 6.00pm on Friday 23 March.

The exhibition will continue from Saturday 24 to Monday 9 April and will be open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Entry is free, as are guided tours of the exhibition.

Plans are also being made for the exhibition to be shown at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery in late April and May.

For more information and to see a list of participating artists visit perthunitingchurch.org.au.

Top image: Artwork by Moira de la Hunty, from the 2017 Stations of the Cross art exhibition at UCIC.

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