St Chrysostom’s hosts Inspired by Victoria Park, this week. It is an exhibition of artwork inspired by our Church itself and our local area in Manchester. The work, by students from Manchester Adult Education Service Level 2 Art and Design course at Greenheys, ranged from engraving on slate, and line drawings, to collage and photography.
Beverly, one of the students used a rubbing technique to create impressions from the relief of the War Memorial in the Anson Chapel and used the style of writing on the marble font as a base for text around the Church merging the original text on the font, “One Baptism, One Faith, One Lord” with signs around the local area with a striking effect – one of our favourites was “One Baptism Cameras Prohibited in this Area”.
She also made a beautiful engraving of the church on a piece of slate found on Anson Road.
Sandra found inspiration at Newbury House, a home from recovering alcoholics. Having researched the history of the house, and spending some time there taking photos, she composed a book of words and images – entitled “The House that Helps.”of which only 4 copies exist!
In addition to some drawings of the view up Oxford Place, Mark had been inspired by reading a display by the Victoria Park Local History Group about Adolphe Saalfeld, a perfume merchant who lived in Victoria Park and who, as a first class passenger, survived the disastrous maiden voyage of the ill fated Titanic in 1912. (706 of the 2,223 passengers survived).
There were also many other excellent pieces on display, including angels and a carefully researched and well presented piece on Bishop James Hannington, inspired by a window in the church .
Students have been working at the Church for a term to complete their project and showcase their work at this exhibition. A wonderful Private Viewing Evening for family and friends was held on Thursday 11th February with wine and nibbles and the chance to view the range of art work on display and talk with the artists – around 40 people attended from across the community, including from the Church and from Newbury House.