The Methodist Art Collection

Opens on 17 September

Open throughout the Festival, and beyond: Tuesdays-Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sundays 2pm to 5pm.

This unique collection of Christian art includes more than 40 works by Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink and many other renowned artists.

It has been seen and appreciated by thousands of people, and now you will be able to experience it in the newly refurbished Methodist Church here in Chislehurst. An example is shown here, with kind permission of the Trustees. You can browse the whole collection here.

Admission Free

Throughout the exhibition there will be a display of artwork by young people from Haiti where art therapy is effective in dealing with the trauma of disaster such as the devastating earthquake.

Special events:

Sat 17 Sept 12 noon Come and see...a little bit more. Illustrated talk with Jacqui Hicks, Director, ArtServe
Sat 17 Sept 7.30pm Private preview event
Thur 22 Sept 7.30pm 'Painting the World - a journey into Christian Art. Illustrated talk with Rv'd John Cooke
Sat 1 Oct 11am Methodist Circuit celebration
Sat 1 Oct 4pm Messy Church
Thur 6 Oct 7.30pm Art & Innocence - a talk by Revd Charles Pickstone
Sat 8 Oct 2.30pm All in the Mind? - a talk by Rvd Heather Noel Smith
Sat 22 Oct 10.30 to 4pm A creative day – writing, drawing, painting, collage - 'Putting yourself in the picture'
Thur 27 Oct 7.30 Icons, what are they? Illustrated talk by Ann Welch.

Admission £5 per special event. (£15 for 22 Oct).

For details of all events, go to The Methodist Church website.


Image shown: Albert Herbert, "Epiphany (by permission of the Trustees)

Herbert has used everything he has to make this painting: his passions, his spiritual recourses, and his sense of himself as a heavy lump that moves laboriously across the ball of our planet held onto its surface by its own weight and by the weight of the earth itself acting as gravity.

Alternative image (hover the curser over the image)

Christ's entry into Jerusalem, Norman Adams (1927- 2005)

Watercolour on paper 1991The painting is divided into separate areas - the central, bright and square, holds the principal drama - it is surrounded by a hedge of russet and green shapes, which is criss-crossed in a way that may refer to the coming crown of thorns