In the awakening of the earth, the religious antennae of humankind have long picked up an uncanny intimation of the divine. Hints of a sacred fidelity, fecundity and abundance have inspired myth and ritual, instilling in human consciousness a deep sense of cosmic belonging. This is the flavour of the Jewish feast of Pesach (“Passover”), the annual remembrance of God’s creation of a priestly nation from the demoralised slave caste of ancient Egypt. And so it was through this lens of the liberating joy of Spring that Jesus of Nazareth enacted His own exodus, embarking on a journey of symbolic action out of slavery to freedom in the prodigious life of a creation made new.
The Resurrection Exhibition was organised by the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in partnership with Farm Street Jesuit Church, and St Patrick’s Studios*. It was the largest exhibition of contemporary Christian art in the Capital for over a decade with over thirty artists exhibiting and more than seventy pieces on display. Artists included Andrew White, Francis Hoyland, Penny Warden and Marcia Scott as well as other established and up and coming figure
To give a taste of the Resurrection is to give the invitation of restoration that God offers everyday to all humanity. The Hurtado Centre’s Resurrection Exhibition had at its heart the ambitious goal of inviting people into an experience of the Resurrection itself, to taste what it is like to be restored in the fullness of humanity. Artists from many different Christian and artistic backgrounds contributed works that convey the history of salvation of which the Resurrection is the culmination. We hope that the richness of their work, which it can now viewed online, will give a felt sense of the beauty of the Resurrection.
Art has a special vocation to show forth truths which words alone are inadequate to express. As Pope Benedict XVI said: ‘Reason alone as it’s expressed in the sciences can’t be man’s complete answer to reality, and it can’t express everything that man can, wants to, and has to express. I think God built this into man. Art along with science is the highest gift God has given him.” (Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1997, p. 47).
*The St Patrick’s Studios is a collection of artists based in the parish in Wapping. Many of them are Christian, and many contributed to this exhibition. If you want more information click here.