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Art, Culture & Representation

2 months ago

As part of Black History Month 2017, on Saturday 7 October Southwark Cathedral hosted Art, Culture & Representation: a day event featuring a Diocesan Service of Thanksgiving, art exhibition and workshops.

In her introduction to the event the Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Diocesan Director of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, spoke of the need to ‘encourage people to celebrate their past, their places of origin or heritage, and their identities that are formed from those connections; but also to find ways to represent themselves as a full part of the society in which they both reside and belong’.

The service, at which the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, presided, contained contributions from BAME people from across the Diocese and the Revd Canon Charles Pickstone, Vicar of St Laurence, Catford, preached. Commenting on the revelatory power of works of art, he said, ‘a great artist is reflecting back to us, is representing for us, the eternal significance – the holiness – of the human body; and in doing so, they help us to find the presence of God in ourselves and above all in each other’.

Artworks were displayed in the South Transept and Ms Jheni Arboine, creator of the image featured on the posters and service sheet, walked Mayors of the London Boroughs around a number of the featured works.

Those attending the day were then invited to join a series of well-attended afternoon workshops given by artists, poets and curators, all exploring the theme of Art, Culture & Representation.

Bishop Christopher, speaking after the service, commented ‘the rich diversity in the Diocese is gift & blessing from God’.

Photos from the day are available to view at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm4d8B7L and the Revd Canon Charles Pickstone’s sermon can be found at: http://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org/sermons/cp20171007