Friday, 25 October 2013

'Deconstructing c o n f l i c t' and Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. Among the good causes it has supported this year through its Awards for All programme has been our Deconstructing c o n f l i c t exhibition and inter-faith lecture.

The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 we have awarded close to £6bn.

The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.

The Fund’s Awards for All programme offers grants between £300 and £10,000 to projects that address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities. Successful initiatives aim to develop skills, improve health, revitalise the local environment and enable people to become healthier, more active citizens. Voluntary and community groups, schools, health bodies, parish and town councils can all apply.
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

'Deconstructing c o n f l i c t' and the Church Times

Among the news items in today's edition of the Church Times is a photo from our Deconstructing c o n f l i c t exhibition at Chelmsford Cathedral. The photo shows 'Statistic Death', one of Maciej Hoffman's large, dramatic works which graphically depict the reality of suffering and pain caused by conflict.

Members update: Harvey Bradley

Work by Harvey Bradley can be seen at the Maeldune Heritage Centre in Maldon until 12 November. Harvey is one of several guest potters selected by fellow member of Anglian Potters, Peter Deans.

Harvey will also have work in the Anglian Potters Christmas Show at All Saints Church, Jesus Lane, Cambridge from 16 November to 15 December.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Lecture: Deconstructing c o n f l i c t

Following a drinks reception in Chelmsford Cathedral for the Deconstructing c o n f l i c t exhibition, a multi-faith audience heard Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE give a fascinating lecture on his experience of Muslim-Jewish relations.

Beginning with a BBC film on the founding of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, Rabbi Gluck spoke about his family history, his work with the Next Century Foundation through which he has played a significant role as a mediator in conflicts as diverse as the Sudan and former Yugoslavia, as well as reflecting on the work of the Muslim-Jewish Forum.

When he received his OBE, the Queen described his work as amazing and that is an accurate description of the significant work that this charming, humorous and dedicated man has undertaken both here and abroad.

Rabbi Gluck has said of the founding of the Muslim-Jewish Forum:

"Prior to setting up the Muslim-Jewish Forum in 2000, I had spoken to many people regarding the logic of the two communities cooperating on issues of common concern. Whilst everyone was very polite and listened carefully, they felt that it was a nice dream, but somewhat removed from daily reality.

Today, Thank G-d, this has become much more mainstream. Whilst we are two independent and different communities, and there are many important areas of differences between us, there is a much greater awareness of the positive benefits that result from our joint efforts and constructive engagement.

There are sadly still many areas of tension between members of our communities. But considering the major achievements of the past 12 years, we are greatly encouraged that, whilst retaining our unique identities, even greater harmony can be achieved in the years to come, with real benefits for us and for future generations."

Rabbi Gluck first met Maciej Hoffman in Poland and has been a strong supporter of Maciej's work ever since, so it was particularly appropriate that he should be able to deliver this lecture as part of the programme of events for the Deconstructing c o n f l i c t exhibition.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Deconstructing c o n f l i c t exhibition

Paintings by Maciej Hoffman together with works by commission4mission artists are on show in Chelmsford Cathedral this week (21st - 23rd October, 7.45am - 9.00pm, ending 3.00pm on 23rd) as part of an exhibition entitled Deconstructing c o n f l i c t for One World Week.
Hoffman is a Polish artist whose work is concerned with the trauma of all individuals and peoples who have suffered - and continue to suffer - worldwide. He says that he “views his art as both a means of self-expression and a way of engaging in public discourse, depicting contrasts, emotions and powerful human experiences.”
commission4mission artists whose work features in the exhibition are: Ken Ashby, Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Jonathan Evens, Mark Lewis, PoukaHenry Shelton, Joy Rousell Stone and Peter Webb
The Revd. Canon Ivor Moody (Vice-Dean, Chelmsford Cathedral) says, “We wish to use the interest, challenge and impact of art to draw people from our differing communities into genuine dialogue with each on the basis of the real issues each of us face. These events will bring issues of justice and peace to the centre of local family, school and community life."
An inter-faith lecture by Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, founder of the Muslim-Jewish Forum which seeks to build bridges between Muslim and Jewish communities in the UK and around the world, will be held on Tuesday 22nd October in the Chapter House of the Cathedral.
These events have been organised by Chelmsford Cathedral, commission4mission and the Mid Essex Inter-faith Forum to inspire, inform and encourage more people of diverse backgrounds to come together to explore shared values and take action to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Our aim is to challenge stereotypes which cause conflict and empower people to live and advocate peaceful lives.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Members update: Jonathan Evens

Jonathan Evens was one of the speakers at ArtServe's Hearts on Fire! festival weekend. Part of a double act with Peter Banks, co-author with Jonathan of The Secret Chord, their talk focused on the twin themes of artistic dilemmas and synchronicity which are explored within the book.

Jonathan said:

"Our experience of creativity is of disparate and often contradictory ideas being crushed, swirled, fermented, shaken AND stirred in our minds in order that the fine wine of creativity results. Those disparate and often contradictory ideas are a little like the grit in the oyster which eventually produces the pearl or possibly, in this instance, the Secret Chord. Our hope is that this book, by exploring artistic dilemmas from a range of different perspectives, will mature in people’s minds exactly like some fine wine or that pearl."

Jonathan was also interviewed, together with Canon Ivor Moody (Vice-Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral), on BBC Essex this morning. The interview can be heard here (for the next seven days) and covered the Deconstructing c o n f l i c t exhibition and inter-faith lecture, plus their review of the Sunday newspapers.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Members update: Colin Burns and Ross Ashmore

Colin Burns will be exhibiting paintings along with three other artists from 12th - 13th October at Charlie Wright's wine bar and restaurant (45 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London N1 6DA). This Art Exhibition has been named Discoveries in the Dark for a reason. The location is a venue with much depth and atmosphere; coupled with leather sofas and a bar at hand you can relax after browsing the artwork on display.

Ross Ashmore will be at the London Transport Museum Open Day in Acton between 1st - 3rd November 2013 where he will be live painting the Metropolitan Locomotive No.1 and Jubilee Carriage 353 and talking about his project to paint pictures of all London Underground stations.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Deconstructing c o n f l i c t


'Burning Heads' by Maciej Hoffman

'The World In Despair' by Pouka

'Conflict Kid - Fun Future's Resort' by Hayley Bowen

'Agony' by Henry Shelton

'Drawer from The Cabinet of Sin & Salvation' by Jonathan Evens
Deconstructing c o n f l i c t is an art exhibition that will be held in Chelmsford Cathedral on 21st - 23rd October 2013 (7.45am – 9.00pm, ends 3.00pm Wednesday) and will feature expansive expressionist paintings by Maciej Hoffman supplemented by related work from commission4mission artists. Among commission4mission artists contributing work will be Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Jonathan Evens, Pouka, Henry Shelton, Joy Rousell Stone and Peter Webb. 
Maciej Hoffman is a Polish artist whose work is concerned with the trauma of all individuals and peoples who have suffered - and continue to suffer - worldwide. Hoffman “views his art as both a means of self-expression and a way of engaging in public discourse, depicting contrasts, emotions and powerful human experiences.” He has said that the subjects which interest him are those "issues that puzzle us throughout the years, forming our way of looking at the world, changing us."
Hoffman's work has been the focus previously of conferences and events on themes of conflict and resolution in the UK and Poland, including exhibitions such as: Art of Reconciliation 2012 - Edith Stein Centre, Wroclaw Poland; Blue Line Holocaust Memorial Exhibition 2012 - Town Hall, Barry; Journey Line 2011 - Town Hall Wroclaw; and Journey Line 2010 - Oxford Chabad Society.