St. Peter’s, Eype and the Eype Centre for the Arts were very honoured to present an Exhibition of the Bridport paintings of the Stations of the Cross during Lent and Holy Week 2018 (Easter). It was open to visitors 2-5pm daily. Donations were made for Churches Together in Bridport and Eype Centre for the Arts.
On Palm Sunday a service took place among the paintings at St. Peter’s, led by the Bishop of Sherborne, with a new setting of the choral piece, “Crux Fidelis” by Matt Kingston.
These paintings were commissioned from local artists of the Bridport Art Society two years ago and formed the basis of a walk of witness in Bridport on Good Friday 2016 led by the Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam.
Churches Together in Bridport and District, displayed the fourteen Stations of the Cross at various locations throughout Bridport and West Bay during Holy Week and Easter 2016. The Stations of the Cross graphically depict the various interactions Jesus has along his final journey to Calvary. Fifteen local artists produced the stations, each set against a different local backdrop, and many using contemporary figures. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, was displayed in St. John’s, West Bay on Easter Sunday that year. Part-funded by a grant from the Diocesan Aldhelm Mission Fund each station is painted on a 3 foot by 3 foot canvas.
In 2018, we had the privilege of bringing them all together under one roof and putting them on show for only the second time, in St. Peter’s Church, Eype, where the Eype Centre for the Arts put them on display.
Some artists revealed that they were taken to spiritual depths, for example 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’.
The Reverend Philip Ringer, who co-ordinated the project for Churches Together in Bridport and District, said, ‘These artists really took on board the brief and 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 to admire the quality of the work.
There was no entrance fee but donations were shared between Churches Together in Bridport (for their work on the ‘Silent Soldiers’ project re November’s centenary of the Armistice) and the Eype Centre for the Arts.