Since the reopening in 2014, the vision grew to welcome neighbours and art lovers alike to explore together the rich language of creativity and the arts. We launched our first series of workshops 'Articles', run by Sonia Boue, a local artist. Since then we hosted about 12 series of art workshops, covering a broad range of disciplines: mosaics, poetry, mask-making, objects, pottery, ceramics, origami, textile printing, painting, ...
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During Spring 2022, we explored scriptures where hands are used in different ways. We looked into Jesus' hands first, and gradually shifted focus to our own hands towards Pentecost. Jane Lees painted hands along the way and Siegi Dethune gathered these visual reflections into one overarching image.
THE OXFORD TEMMA
2014 | St Luke’s hosted a group of art students from North Park University, Chicago, with their art teacher Tim Lowly, a Chicago based artist. They brought over a suitcase with nine types of wood that would be used as a base for a collaborative painting. All pieces were assembled at St Luke's. Tim Lowly supervised the collaborative project that was carried out by people from St Luke's and the visiting art students from Chicago.
This portrait of Tim Lowly's profoundly disabled daughter Temma, also reflects St Luke’s commitment to value the vulnerable in society, and to give them centre stage in the life of the church.
ST LUKE'S ICON JANE LEES
July 2014 | inspired by the icon of St Luke painting the Madonna and child. The idea was to recreate this image with contemporary people from St Luke's playing the different roles in the icon.
The painting celebrates the creativity of St Luke’s Church, recognising that St Luke is the patron saint of artists, and also emphasises the central role of the vulnerable at the heart of our church, as portrayed throughout Luke’s gospel.
Following the visit of Tim Lowly and his art students from Chicago, Tim takes the part of St Luke, and his daughter Temma, whom he is painting, the Madonna figure. Also portraying the Madonna and child are Jemimah and Lily-Mae Pearce, and Rochelle Jack becomes the angel guiding the hand of St Luke.
This photographic project was based on the idea of the Holy Family in the nativity story. Joseph, Mary and Jesus, were themselves refugees, and in exile following the flight from Herod.
We asked parents, grandparents, godparents and carers if they would like to be photographed with their children/grandchildren, using the photographic skills of Paul Medley.
Common to every portrait is a blue scarf, made by Daniel Balanescu, which the subjects used in the sitting as they wished. The scarf is used to unite all the portraits, the idea being that through the Holy Family and the nativity of Jesus, we find our commonality, we all become ‘Wholly Family’.
STREAMS OF LIVING WATER
whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
in February 2013, we worshipped one last time in our old building, before joining the Salvation Army in their worship. The theme of this final celebration at St Luke's was "Streams of Living waters", and this has remained one of our core themes as we are located in Oxford's flood plane, very close to the Thames. Martin Beek painted the river, flowing from the tree of life. We stayed 'in exile' for more than a year, until the works at our building were finished.
Andrew Hazelden led a series of pottery workshops where there was an opportunity to make both individual pieces and a joint project, plus a chance for anyone who wished to try their hand throwing a pot. The joint project was to help decorate the lid for a font that St Luke's commissioned in memory of a former member of the church, Ted Harris. Workshop participants made fish to adorn the lid of the font.