Faith, Imagination and Modern Art – An Introduction
– Gesa Thiessen
Sunday 25 November 2018
2.30 – 3.30pm
Gesa Thiessen is a theologian. Her pioneering PhD on theology and modern Irish art was published in 1999 (Columba Press). Having taught for many years at Milltown Institute, she now lectures at Trinity College and is Visiting Scholar at Sarum College, Salisbury. She has widely published on theology and the arts, including Theological Aesthetics – A Reader (SCM/Eerdmans, 2004)
On Sunday, 25 November 2018, in the RHA, at 2.30pm, she will speak on the theme of: Faith, Imagination and Modern Art – An Introduction
While up to the Baroque, biblical-theological themes were predominant in visual art, in modernity religious subject matter has become much less evident. Yet, many modern and contemporary artists have engaged with biblical and other religious themes. The lecture will focus on relevant works by leading twentieth century artists.
“Christ comes in a January Flower”: Advent and Christmas as seen in the Methodist Modern Art Collection
– Mark Patrick Hederman
Wednesday 5 December 2018
6.00 – 7.00pm
Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, has been a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, Ireland, for the last fifty years. A former abbot of the monastery and headmaster of the school, his doctorate was in the philosophy of education. A founding editor of The Crane BagJournal of Irish Studies, he has also published several books the most recent of which is The Opal and the Pearl, [Dublin, Columba Press, 2016].
On Wednesday, 5 December 2018, he will speak on the theme will of: “Christ comes in a January Flower”: Advent and Christmas as seen in the Methodist Modern Art Collection
How is the Incarnation presented in the works of the various artists that make up this eclectic gallery: can we detect a positive Christmas message from the works here on display. What would a 21st Century viewer be likely to extract from these historical icons?
Walk through the exhibition – with Eamonn Mallie
Sunday 18 November 2018
2.30 – 3.30pm
Eamonn Mallie was born in South Armagh, one of a family of six, 4 boys and 2 girls. He was educated in Newry at Abbey CBS Grammar and later at Trinity College Dublin . He claims he has always been an outsider with leanings to the left, but is committed above all to democracy and accountability.
On Sunday, 18 November 2018, at 2.30pm, he will be doing a ‘walk through’ of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, sharing a personal perspective.
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Exploring Faith through Art
an ecumenical training day led by Sarah Middleton
on the Methodist Modern Art Collection
Saturday 20 October 2018, 9.30 – 16.00
at Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6.
Sarah Middleton is a freelance Arts Manager and a Methodist Local Preacher. As part of her MA Arts & Cultural Management degree at Sussex University she evaluated the Methodist Modern Art Collection’s impact in British churches and galleries from 1962-2007.
On Saturday 20 October 2018, she will run an ecumenical training day for people interested in exploring the connection between art and Christian faith.