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Many of the features of the building have been made by members of the community and those who attend on Sundays. Newcomers and visitors walk into a colourful and busy space.
A series of mosaics made by children and adults fill most of the blank panels of a big wooden moveable screen. This was Hannah’s idea. New mosaics are still being made.
Professional artists have been attracted to St Luke’s, drawn by its work on the margins of the city, its warm spirit, inclusiveness, informality and its community of people from widely different backgrounds.
The artist-priest Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga has painted large canvases and printed banners with woodcuts.
Martin Beek, artist and photographer, has painted a series of oil portraits of local people, run workshops and organised several exhibitions of his work alongside the children’s. Many of the portraits now belong to those who had their portraits painted.
‘To have a place and space to work is crucial in the development of any artist. St Luke’s Church offered me both. A PLACE where I could paint, have my tools and store my canvases and a SPACE where I was encouraged and nourished to be the artist and priest I am today. I will be eternally grateful to Revd Tim Bradshaw and Revd Jane Lees and all the St Luke’s community for their wonderful hospitality. It will always be my spiritual and creative home.’ Revd Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga, www.soultravellodge.com
We frequently run creative workshops for adults at St Luke's. For a taste of previous workshops we have run,
please click here for photos.