We have had some wonderful events in the church, often based around arts themes. Examples of past events are below, and please keep coming back for news about future ones.
During the last three weekends of October and November 1st, as part of the East Kent Open House trail (www.ekoh.org) during the Canterbury Festival, St Peter’s Church was open for a very special art exhibition.
Unlike the last two exhibitions which featured Sacred Art, ‘1215 Runnymede Revisited’ was a mix of sacred and secular work celebrating the Magna Carta. The artists were local and international and the art, although in some cases contemporary, was for the most part in media that would have been around somewhere on the globe in the 13th century. The exception is the mische technique, used before oil became the chosen medium a few centuries later.
At Oare Village Hall, local school children displayed their vision of the events of 1215 in a show employing colourful cut outs entitled ‘1215: Matisse in Oare’. Tea, cakes and other refreshments as well as artist’s cards were on sale .
Evening events during the festival:
Ann Welch, curator of Divine Dimensions, gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘Icons, what are they and what are they for?’
Wednesday 21st the noted Lithuanian Sculptor Aleksandras Aleksjevas gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘Unrevealed Iconography’ on the art of the Old Believers, a persecuted sect.
On Thursday October 29th, Medway poet Bill Lewis read some of his poems and wonderful stories, music was provided by cellist Nicci Whitaker: Bach, Satie, amongst other composers.
St Peter’s made a donation from these events to Amnesty International in their fight against torture and unjust imprisonment which after all Magna Carta had something to do with too.
For more about previous exhibitions, including the stunning Divine Dimensions Icon Exhibition, see https://iconsatoare.wordpress.com/