Exhibition reflects on ‘Stations of the Cross’

2 MARCH 2018

An emotionally engaging art exhibition inspired by the ‘Stations of the Cross’ will open at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) in Canberra on Friday evening 2 March.Executive Director of the ACC&C Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard (pictured) said, “The Centre has a special focus on creativity through the arts and culture, and is delighted to host the annual ‘Stations of the Cross 2018’ art exhibition in Canberra.“The ‘Stations of the Cross 2018’ exhibition takes the original story of Jesus’ tortured progress along the Via Delorosa in Jerusalem, from Him being sentenced to death, to His crucifixion and then resurrection.“Sixteen artists were given a different Station of the Cross to reflect on and produce an artwork.“The 16 works in a range of materials and styles, including sculpture, are inspiring, challenging and engaging. They are a wonderful media through which the important issues and questions are raised about life, faith and meaning in today’s world.“I encourage all people who are interested in considering the meaning of life to view the exhibition and reflect on the questions it raises for them.”The exhibition is curated by Reverend Dr Douglas Purnell, OAM, and Mr Christopher Auckett from Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School.The exhibition at the ACC&C Chapel, corner Kings Avenue and Blackall Street in Barton, ACT, will be officially opened at 6pm on Friday 2 March by Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, AM, and is open from 10am to 4pm daily from Sunday 4 to Thursday 15 March.The full online catalogue can be viewed here:https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/b9aa5a40-52ca-4af5-97f5-5aaf7c557b8bRelated events at the ACC&C in Canberra include an introduction to the artworks for registered guests by curator Rev. Dr Douglas Purnell from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday 3 March. The exhibition will be open to the public from 1pm to 4pm that day.A free public lecture on ‘Spirituality and Art’ will be presented by Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, AM, FAHA, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 March at the exhibition.More information can be found here or by phoning (02) 6272 6201.

Media contact:

Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362


Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard.

Image: Station 15 ‘In the Presence of the Risen Lord’ by John Forrester-Clack (charcoal and acrylic on paper, 95.5cm x 70.5cm).

The ‘Stations of the Cross 2018’ exhibition is at the ACC&C Chapel, corner Kings Avenue and Blackall Street in Barton, ACT, from 10am to 4pm daily from Saturday 3 March to Friday 16 March.

The annual ‘Stations of the Cross’ art exhibition is a cooperative venture between Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School in Sydney, Northmead Uniting Church, and the CSU ACC&C in Canberra. The first contemporary ‘Stations of the Cross’ art exhibition was held at St Ives Uniting Church (Sydney) in 2007.

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