Methodist Modern Art Collection on display in Bewdley

04 April 2022

A selection of art from the internationally renowned Methodist Modern Art Collection, one of the UK’s most significant collections of modern religious art, is on display in the Wyre Forest Gallery at Bewdley Museum each day  until Sunday 24 April 2022. Opening hours are 11.00am to 3.00pm and admission is free. 

The total Collection features fifty works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, and Maggi Hambling. Some of the artists were or are Christian, while others not, but together they offer widely differing perspectives on the Christian story.

An extensive conservation programme has recently been completed to return these important paintings to their full glory and to ensure they are available for future generations.

Twenty works have been chosen for the Bewdley exhibition, depicting scenes from different stages of the life of Jesus before focussing on his crucifixion and resurrection.

A programme of exciting creative events, including workshops, talks and reflections has also been planned over the duration of the exhibition. Full details can be found here.

This exhibition has been organised by the ecumenical group Bewdley Churches Together, consisting of six local churches, and is financially supported by several local organisations.

Jim Ineson from Bewdley Churches Together commented “It is a privilege to have this Collection here in Bewdley. The works that we have on display offer a thought provoking and sometimes challenging perspective on Christ’s life. Whether you are a person of faith or not, Christian or non-Christian, you will find yourself challenged in intriguing new ways through this exhibition appropriately called `For All People’.”