Heaven and Earth

The Methodist Modern Art Collection


19 January – 26 March 2015


The Methodist Modern Art Collection will be on display at Wrexham Methodist Church and the Oriel Sycharth Gallery. This is a unique compilation of 20th Century Christian art including more than 40 works by Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, Ceri Richards and many other renowned artists. During the exhibition there will be a series of related events, tours, talks and workshops which are free to attend and open to all members of the public.

The exhibition will be open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.00pm at both locations.

Public Opening

Monday 19 January

4pm: University – Sycharth Gallery above foyer in main campus

6pm: Church – pass the museum and the church is just as the shops begin

Featuring music from the University and Community Choirs, the exhibition will be officially opened by Ceri Richards’ daughter Rhiannon and Mel Gooding a leading art expert and author who knew Ceri Richards well. The event will include the launch of ‘The Methodist Modern Art Collection in Wales’ with author Sarah Middleton, Freelance Arts Manager and Trustee of the Methodist Art Collection. The event will start at the University at 4pm before continuing to the Church for 6pm and is open to all.


Gallery Tour in Welsh

Monday 26 January

6pm: University

7.30pm: Church


Led by Andrew Parry Head of Welsh Language and Affairs at Glyndw^r University and Jennie Hurd Chair of Synod Cymru. The tour will begin at the University at 6pm before moving to the Church at 7.30pm for a tour of the artworks there. The tour will be in the Welsh language.


A conversation with Clive Hicks-Jenkins: ‘painter of stories’

Wednesday 28 January

7pm: Church


Clive Hicks-Jenkins is a highly successful choreographer, director and stage designer who, in the 1990’s, turned his creative energy to painting. He was commissioned to paint the story of the woman caught in adultery told in John 8v1-11 which is on display at the Methodist Church. He will be in conversation with Meryl Doney.


Putting Art in Churches

Thursday 29 January

5pm: University


What are the issues for artist and church in putting art into sacred (and awkward) places? Meryl Doney is a freelance fine art curator specialising in presenting exhibitions in cathedrals, churches, festivals and other challenging spaces.Image,50380,en