Richard Cork ‘An Act of Faith: Outstanding Art in the Methodist Collection’

Friday 20th January, 6pm, Kent College

Richard Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator. Formerly Art Critic of The Evening Standard and Chief Art Critic of The Times. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in 1989-90, and Henry Moore Senior Fellow at the Courtauld Institute, 1992-5. He has acted as a judge for the Turner Prize and curated major exhibitions at Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and other European venues. We are delighted that he will be visiting Canterbury to discuss a selection of the most outstanding works on display in the exhibition of the Methodist Modern Art Collection.

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Dr Peter Forsaith ‘Cultural Contradiction? John Wesley, Methodism and art’

Friday 3rd February, 7pm, St Peter’s Methodist Church

Dr Peter Forsaith is an historian of religion, culture and society in 18th century Britain, focusing upon the social impact of the evangelical revival, and the links between art and religion. He is a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, where he has responsibility for the Centre’s Methodist-related archive holdings, the Wesley Historical Society library, and art collections, including the Methodist Collection of Modern Art. His talk will explore Wesley’s ambiguity about art and taste.

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Canon Christoper Irvine ‘Shaping colour, and knowing through the body: Ceri Richards in the Methodist Collection’

Friday 3rd March, 7pm, Clagett Auditorium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

The Revd Christopher Irvine is the Canon Librarian and Director of Education at Canterbury Cathedral. He has a particular interest in the relationship between the visual arts and theology, and is a trustee of Art and Christian Enquiry (ACE). His talk will focus on the work of Ceri Richards, but he will also consider Maggi Hambling’s painting.

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