12 August 2021

Stories of Change: Hope, Faith and Love

Carefully selected works, providing unique moments of healing and contemplation.

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The nationally-renowned Methodist Modern Art Collection of more than 50 works will go on show in churches across Coventry this autumn as an Art Trail, entitled Stories of Change: Hope, Faith and Love, as part of the city’s celebration as UK City of Culture. The art trail itself will display 35 works, 11 of which will be at Coventry Central Hall.

The Collection includes works by artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, Edward Burra, William Roberts, Patrick Heron, F N Souza and Jyoti Sahi.

While the Church of England’s post-war response to church re-building and artistic commissioning is well known and epitomised by Coventry Cathedral, the Methodist Church’s engagement with developments in twentieth-century British religious art is less well known.  The story of the Methodist Modern Art Collection will be celebrated appropriately in Coventry this autumn. And, it is hoped that the carefully selected works will provide a unique moment of healing and contemplation, speaking to people in differing ways, as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Art Trail marks the relaunch of the Collection after a two year conservation and re-framing project to preserve the works and ensure they will be able to be displayed for many years to come.

The Methodist Modern Art Collection Art Trail ‘Stories of Change: Hope, Faith and Love’ will be available to view on selected days from Saturday 4 September to Sunday 3 October 2021.

The Art Trail will start at Coventry Cathedral and Coventry Methodist Central Hall in the city centre. Then visitors will be encouraged to follow the trail beyond the city into churches in Earlsdon, Balsall Common and Fillongley, which are part of the Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit

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Church opening times
Fridays and Saturdays 11am-4pm
Sundays 1pm-4pm
Other times by arrangement and for special events

Coventry Cathedral opening times
10 am – 4pm Monday to Saturday
12 noon – 3 pm Sunday
Please check the Cathedral website in case there are services or other events that may result in temporary closures during these times

For a list of local church events as past of the art trail, including the launch event with President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Sonia Hicks and Mrs Barbara Easton. Please visit the Coventry Art Trail webpage.

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