The Collection – All Hallows On The Wall
From next Wednesday, All Hallows On The Wall - the location for Greenbelt HQ in London - hosts "the best denominational collection of modern art outside the Vatican” in the Wallspace exhibition venue.
Programmed as part of the City of London Festival, "The Collection" shows both highlights and new works from the Methodist collection of modern and contemporary art. These include work by George Rouault, Graham Sutherland, Eric Gill and F N Souza (including his work "The Crucifixion" from 1962, shown above), alongside new pieces by Craigie Aitchison, Susie Hamilton, Peter Howson and Roger Wagner.
The Methodist collection of art started in the early 1960s, when a Methodist layman, reflecting that many contemporary artists were depicting themes from the life of Christ, started pulling together paintings and reliefs, which eventually went on to form the core of this rich and varied artistic array.
“This collection is one of the UK church’s best-kept secrets,” says Meryl Doney of Wallspace, “It deserves a much higher profile, which is why we’re giving it this exposure in the nation’s capital.”
The exhibition launches on Wednesday 23rd June and is open Tuesday to Saturday until the 16th July. Entry is completely free. Visit the Wallspace website for more information, and a sneak look at some of the key pieces in the exhibition. "The Collection" appears in conjunction with two organisations that will have a strong presence on this year's Greenbelt - the Methodist Church and the Bible Society.
Wallspace is at All Hallows on the Wall, 83 London Wall, London, EC2M 5ND.