An exhibition of one of the most renowned modern art collections in Britain, was opened on Saturday May 12th at the Promenade Methodist Church in Douglas by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor in the presence of the President of Tynwald, the Chief Minister, the Chair of the Isle of Man Arts Council and other invited guests. It included the first performance of a newly commissioned work inspired by one of the paintings in the collection.
The Methodist Modern Art Collection is one of Britain's most important collections of modern religious art and is coming to the Isle of Man for a period of five weeks. It will be on display at four main venues, Colby Methodist Church, The Cathedral in Peel, Ramsey Methodist Church and the Promenade Methodist Church in Douglas from Sunday May 13th until Sunday June 17th. There will be a limited number of works on display at Ballagarey Methodist Church in St Mark's and St Andrew's URC church in Douglas, which will be open for special events.
This unique collection of art featuring biblical themes and narrative has toured the UK and abroad since its inception over 50 years ago.
There are over 50 works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, Patrick Heron and most recently Maggi Hambling.
Many people are surprised that the British Methodist Church owns an art collection. This collection is inspirational and it is a real privilege to have it here on the island. The exhibits offer a modern (early 20th century to present day) interpretation of some familiar stories, affording new perspectives and insight. Schools, artists, art groups and local organisations are all warmly invited to visit this free exhibition.
For centuries images have played a crucial role in the exploration the human condition and The Methodist Modern Art Collection takes its place in this long tradition, providing an opportunity for new encounters, challenges and conversations.
We are currently seeking to appoint an Ecumenical Safeguarding Advisor & Coordinator for the island.
This innovative and exciting new role will build on best practice to collaborate on safeguarding across several denominations to ensure the development of a strong, relevant and appropriate safeguarding regime for all. Employed by the ecumenical partnership organisation 'Churches Alive in Mann' the post holder will be the main advisor on safeguarding, providing support to the Anglican, Methodist, Catholic and Living Hope church leaders, officers and congregations; and overseeing the implementation of operational procedures; and be an ecumenical voice in policy for safeguarding in the Isle of Man.
You can find further information and an application form at www.churchesalive.im