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24th August 2007
From darkness into light
Exhibition to be held from 6 -16 September 2007 in the Bishop’s Palace, Hereford.
Also event in Monmouth - 9th September 2007.
Joseph J Field is a Reader in the Diocese of Monmouth and an artist inspired by Biblical themes and a desire to use art in outreach and worship.
In June 2005 he was fortunate to work with some members of Riding Lights in a performance of ‘Creation on a Big Canvas’. This multi-media performance included the projection of a number of his images interlaced with Biblical verses together with music and dramatic readings of prose, poetry and the Bible. Approximately 150 attended the performance and subsequently the three canvas banners, which gave the performance its name, have been displayed in nine churches and a cathedral. Joseph was invited in 2006 to become an adviser to Arts in Mission and has been involved in a number of their cathedral-based ‘creative days’.
New opportunities to develop a ministry in art and mission continue to arise. He is producing work for a joint exhibition to be held from 6 -16 September 2007 in the Bishop’s Palace, Hereford. Fellow artists are Kathy Priddis, who has a profile as a portrait painter and happens to live in the Palace and Canon Robert Wright of Westminster Abbey who is an abstract painter. The theme is ‘from darkness into light’ which is also the theme of a national flower festival to be held in the cathedral from the 6- 8 September. There will be two multi-media performances during the exhibition, developed from the work with Riding Lights in 2005.
The celebrated Irish poet, Micheal O’Siadhail will give a reading of his poems at both venues, the Bishop’s Palace, Hereford on the evening of the 8 September and St. Mary’s Church, Monmouth, on the 9 September. Stephen Thomas will play piano at Hereford and Mark Latimer will play at Monmouth – both musicians feature regularly on Radio 3. Although not overtly evangelistic, the work of the three artists will reflect their personal faith in Jesus ‘the Light of the World’. The Rt. Revd. Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford will introduce the evening in the Bishop’s Palace and The Most Revd. Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales, will give the welcome on the 9 September in Monmouth. The performance in the Bishop’s Palace will be to an invited audience of around 60 but St. Mary’s Church, Monmouth can accommodated 400+. Tickets for Monmouth can be bought from Miles Morgan Travel, 11, Agincourt Square, Monmouth, telephone 01600 715736.
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