Search

Vicar follows his art across Europe

PUBLISHED: 09:01 10 August 2014

Rev Jonathan Evens at St. John's Church

Rev Jonathan Evens at St. John's Church

Archant

A vicar has been travelling across Europe to uncover the relationship between art and the church.

Artwork at Belsey Bridge conference centre, which Jonathan Evens visited last week. Pic: Jonathan Evens Artwork at Belsey Bridge conference centre, which Jonathan Evens visited last week. Pic: Jonathan Evens

The Rev Jonathan Evens, from St John the Evangelist in Seven Kings, is on a three month sabbatical.

The vicar has been touring churches in England as well as Belgium, France and Switzerland to see works of modern and contemporary art which have been commissioned by the church through the years.

Jonathan, who is due to return later this month, said: “The commissions that I have seen during this sabbatical tell a story of a continuing engagement by the church with contemporary art from the post-impressionists to the present day.

“This engagement has often been contentious and contested but it has nevertheless been a continuing relationship involving both mainstream artists with a Christian faith and church commissions undertaken by mainstream artists who have not professed the faith.

St Margaret's church in Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, which Jonathan Evens visited last week. Pic: Jonathan Evens St Margaret's church in Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, which Jonathan Evens visited last week. Pic: Jonathan Evens

“This story is not one which has been well told, either by the church or the mainstream art world.

“There are many reasons for this on both sides but my concern in making this story the focus of my sabbatical has been to encourage the church to tell and to value this story.”

As well as being a parish priest, Jonathan is also a member of commission4mission, a group of artists which focus on creating art trails and publicising church artworks.

The priest has been sharing his experiences through his blog, hoping to inspire artists within the church.

During his pilgrimage, he has seen work by a wide range of artists including Jean Bazaine, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Tom Phillips, John Piper and Graham Sutherland.

“The commissions I have seen speak powerfully and movingly of the Christian faith and therefore also inform the spirituality of those who see them,” said Jonathan.

“My hope is that others will find these commissions and the continuing story of church commissions as inspirational as I have done.”

To see more photos from Jonathan’s trip, visit his blog joninbetween.blogsport.co.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

A care home in Wanstead is to close temporarily to allow the old building to be entirely redeveloped to provide a complete care experience for Redbridge’s elderly residents.

13:00

With the Elizabeth line and high street regeneration it is an exciting time for those living and working in Ilford.

57 minutes ago

Top students at Redbridge College enjoyed a night of red carpet treatment as their academic achievements were highlighted at their annual student awards evening.

09:40

An entrepreneur who secured an exclusive top prize at last year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards has spoken of the “amazing” effect it has had on his charity.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now