Public Art Brings Easter to Life

24 Feb

In conjunction with the Bridport Arts Society, Churches Together in Bridport and District plan to display fourteen ‘Stations of the Cross’ at various locations throughout the town of Bridport and West Bay in West Dorset this coming Holy Week and Easter.

The Stations of the Cross depict various interactions Jesus has along his final journey to Calvary. Fifteen local artists have produced the various stations, each set against a different local backdrop and many using contemporary figures. Part-funded by a grant from the Diocesan Aldhelm Mission Fund, each ‘station’ is painted on a 3 foot by 3 foot canvas.

The route begins at St Swithun’s Church, North Allington and weaves its way through the centre of Bridport, then makes its way along South Street, and down West Bay Road, with the stations displayed in front of a variety of different premises. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, will be on display in St John’s Church, West Bay on Easter Day after the 6.00 am Dawn Service on the East Pier.

On Good Friday 25th March, the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, will lead an ‘Ecumenical Walk of Witness’ along the entire route beginning at St Swithun’s at 11.00 am. At 2.30 pm there will be a reflective service outside on Harbour Green at West Bay (or in St. John’s Church, if wet), lasting until 3.00 pm.

The various artists have found fresh spiritual depths of meaning. Val Corgan, who painted the seventh station, ‘Jesus falls for the second time’, says, “I was intrigued by the brief for this work because of the need to include a recognisable background as well as putting any figures into modern day dress. In painting this piece, it has therefore occurred to me that modern day struggles are much the same as they were in Christ’s day. In today’s society there are many ‘crosses to bear’.”

Vice Chairman of Churches Together in Bridport and District, the Reverend Philip Ringer, who is co-ordinating the project said, “These artists have really taken on board the brief and have made truly splendid interpretations of the various ‘stations’. I am sure that many people will want to come at some time during the display period admire the quality of the work. We are looking forward to the Bishop being with us on Good Friday.”

For more information contact the Reverend Philip Ringer on 01308 425774 or email him.